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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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 ...

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Mezzacorona

    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Voga

    Voga is an Italian wine brand in the under $10 range with unique bottle shapes reminiscent of p...

  • Castello del Poggio

      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

  • Tommasi

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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

    Cantina Zaccagnini is a winery located in Abruzzo, Italy. The winery was established in the la...

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  • I don't know, in 2014 the 2010 Burlotto Monvig already was great, but it might have shut down.  And the '06 Ca d'Morrissio, the Monprivato Riserva effectively, was also pretty damn great.  Sure, it'll continue to improve, and '08 is a harder vintage than '06 (but not probably harder than '10), and maybe I just don't find young Barolo's "faults" ... Read More

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  • It really is a sign of the times when a cooler, classic vintage like 2008 is drinkable so early. Just saw a Somm post about a 2008 Scavino Bric de Fiasc as drinking great recently...I wasn't planning on touching any 08's for a while. Have some Burlotto Monvigliero, Monprivato (which I know needs age), and will have to see what else. Read More

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  • Pelaverga:  Burlotto makes one.  It wasn't my favorite.  Becoming more common over here as the wine geek bro-hood grows. Fiano:  Super common white around my house. Ruche:  I had a few of those in Barolo, mostly remember Francesco Rinaldi's version.  Again, not my favorite. Even one of the "lighter" or earlier maturing nebbiolos is young at 7+ y... Read More

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  • With you on that about the optimal age hyperbole. But until we get that Alto Piemonte thread going I figured this was the place to post the offer, since it's part (and the least known) of the Gattinara/Ghemme/Carema/Lessona team... Read More

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  • Well it's Nebbiolo so not exactly. Noticed the offer as well, and thought it slight hyperbole to call a Nebbiolo in bottle for a few years "optimal bottle age" Read More

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  • Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right ... ... Lessona DOC Piedmont, Italy 2008 If there is one lesson that is common amongst all the great red wines of the world, it is that nothing can substitute for optimal bottle age. You can decant a young wine to soften it up, and there is certainly no shame in... Read More

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  • Well I eat a lot more dishes with soy than Ian, whether Japanese, Chinese, Korean or other Asian, and I'd be happy to run him through the paces then see what he has to say. Problem with people in his position is they have to come up with an angle or two every now and again. I'm not as big a fan of Gewurtz with curries as many, either, for what t... Read More

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  • Could have very well gotten a little carried away with the best friends comment, it was in an audio interview, and it would definitely help to be more specific. In my case it was a tuna/avocado roll.I'll have to see what comes next here. Have yet to try Pelaverga or Fiano. Read More

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  • Ian D'Agata, one of the leading authorities on Italian wine. He calls Ruche an aromatic red, like Gewurtztraminer of reds of sorts, either love it or hate it, ages better than most people think, and if you like dishes with soy, soy and Ruche are best friends. Read More

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  • Prosecco Sel.Banda Rossa White NV

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