Italian Wine

Wine in Italy is as much an integral part of everyday culture as love, family, cuisine and using hand gestures when speaking. There is a long relationship with wine, and its history dates back thousands of years. Ancient cultures such as the Mesopotamians, Phoenicians and Moors all came to Italy at one point, bringing in vines and methods of wine-making. The Greeks in particular had a large impact on what would transition into the Etruscan and Roman passion for wine. They settled in southern Italy in the 7th and 8th centuries BC, finding the conditions in the region perfectly suited to viticulture. They called their new territories “Oenotria,” which translates to “land of wine.” 

The Romans improved on many Greek wine-making traditions, such as updating grape presses, using props and trellises in the fields, aging wines in wooden casks, and using sealed containers with corks to store and present the wine. They also understood which grapes were best suited to certain soils Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Italy View all

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Italy

  • Alto Adige

      Alto Adige is the north half of the larger region known as Trentino-Alto Adige, in norther...

  • Calabria

    Calabria is a region located at the southern tip of the “boot” of Italy. This peninsula kicks i...

  • Campania

      The region of Campania with its capital city of Naples is situated along the south western...

  • Emilia-romagna

    Emilia-Romagna is the hyphenated name for the two provinces which meet at the capital Bologna i...

  • Liguria

      Liguria is a wine region located on the Mediterranean coast of Italy that spreads between ...

  • Piedmont

      The name in Italian means “foot of the mountain,” given its location at the foot of the Al...

  • Piemonte

    From Asti Spumante to Barolo, the wines of Piedmont are among Italy’s most prolific and best ra...

  • Puglia

      Puglia (a.k.a. Apulia) is located in southeast Italy, or as many describe it, the “heel” o...

  • Sicily

      Wine grapes have always grown on the Italian island of Sicily. Some say it was Dionysus, t...

  • Trentino

      Trentino is the southernmost province of the Trentino-Alto Adige region in the north of It...

  • Tuscany

    To consider modern day Tuscan wine, one should give props to the Etruscans, who inhabited this ...

  • Umbria

      Umbria is a wine region tucked in central Italy, surrounded by Tuscany, Latium and the Mar...

  • Veneto

    The Veneto, located in the north-east of Italy, is a region that contributes a significant perc...

  • Abruzzi

      The Abruzzi (a.k.a. Abruzzo) region of Italy is situated halfway up the “boot,” facing the...

  • Apulia

      Puglia (a.k.a. Apulia) is located in southeast Italy, or as many describe it, the “heel” o...

Popular Wineries in Italy View all

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Ceretto Blange Langhe Arneis 2013

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    Honeydew melon, cantaloupe and lemon aromas. In the mouth its oily but fresh, showing lemon, melon and herbal notes of lemongrass and chamomile tea. Theres a bit of dissolved CO2 here, lending a fresh zestiness to the palate, which coupled with the acidity makes this a great food wine, especially with creamy foods that would need a counterbalance. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Buglioni Il Disperato 2013

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    Very unique aromas of kiwi, peach, banana, pineapple and bay leaf on the nose. In the mouth it's somewhat less exciting but still very pleasant and very easy drinking, mostly featuring banana, kiwi, green apple and sunflower seeds, and just a touch of cream on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Gironda Brachetto d'Acqui 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Botter Di Maria Prosecco DOC NV

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    Light melon and lemon aromas are slightly waxy and have a touch of tropical fruit as well. Tangerine and melon flavors with enough fresh acidity to buoy this, it's a clean light prosecco with toast and yeast notes to finish out. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Haven't a clue as to those pics from Italy but I do have a few of my own to contribute.Mendocino:Napa:Paso:OT's backyard:Willamette:Harvest in Puligny-Montrachet: Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • Good going RBA, hopefully they work out well for you and you can track their ... ... picked wines of Southern Italy (no Piedmont, no Tuscany), which are often wines with little to no distribution in the states. Sommelier Shelley Lindgren is behind it, and due to it's success has opened more restaurants I believe, though the name of the other o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Having been warned by OT in the past, I wasn't going to give answers for my ... hints:top five photos are of Italy, three locations--one location has three photos and the other two one eachthen one California vineyard,then one mystery site, nation and continent not clarifie Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • Here are three locations in Italy. Not all my photos, but all places I've been, more than once. Pts for guessing where...       And one from California for extra credit (although it shouldn't be that hard, especially because I've posted it and those above on this site before):  Finally, if you want to see rocks in the vineyard, I've got one for ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • In Italy last year, we started tasting every day at about 10 a.m.  Sometimes we started at 9:30, but never later than 10. One visit in the morning, two most afternoons.  Running joke in the group was, "Dolcetto, it's what's for breakfast."  In fact, the Piemontese did used to drink it after working in the fields first thing in the morning. I thi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101


  • Umberto Fiore Moscato D Asti

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stevenqian2003


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