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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

    The history of the farm “Il Poggio” is nearly as ancient as its land, which has always rewarded m...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Bolla

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

  • Castello di Monsanto

    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

  • Voga

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Librandi Cirò Duca Sanfelice Riserva 2011

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    This is an interesting southern Italian red made with the Gaglioppo grape. The nose is very much black licorice/anise. This hits your tongue with drying grippy tannins, macerated ripe black cherry, some leather, a touch of menthol, a high level of acidity and a medium long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Bolla Torr'Alta Veronese 2012

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    I had this for the first time Christmas Eve (2016) - bought it at a hole in the wall wine (Liquor) ship. Boy what a nice surprise! Velvety smooth, full of ripe, dark, cherry with just a hint of vanilla. It went perfectly with the braciole. I'm not familiar with the Corvina grape, but am going to seek out more of the Veronese wines. Read More

    Wine review by EQWinemd


  • Filadora Nebrose 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Colosi Nero d'Avola 2014

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    Fairly light bodied red wine. Lots of fruitiness on introduction, but its like fruit saladan indistinct flavor that might be best described as fruit salad. Very acidic makes for a refreshing drink. No tannin to speak of. An easy to drink, low-dollar cellar defender. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Masi Brolo Campofiorin Oro Rosso del Veronese IGT Ltr 2010

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    Nice Read More

    Wine review by Tlparadise


  • Brolo Campofiorin Oro Rosso del Veronese IGT 2010

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    Et scoop til 40,- DKK i Netto. Read More

    Wine review by Tlparadise


  • Cecilia Beretta Prosecco Treviso

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    G.G. and Bepa Mike...Christmas 2015. Some folks thought it a bit to sweet. In my extended family this is a no-no. Personally, I had a flute full, did not think it was so. To each his own, at least it did not have my debit card # on the purchase. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Cesari Amarone Della Valpolicella 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Fontanafreddo Vigna la Villa Paiagallo Barolo 1998

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    A wine that doesnt smack you in the face with a single dimension. Very tame fruitmuch like raisins without the sweetness. Earthiness that suggests a rustic wine. Still firm tannin but supported by excellent acid. Im glad I have another bottle, and it can wait another decade for me. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Going Italian, tonight.  Peggy is testing a Manicotti recipe.  So, maybe this Northern Italy wine is not the most harmonious match.  Also, Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa, I'm opening up a Barolo before it has even entered its third decade.  Well, at this point in my life I am even questioning the purchase of green bananas.  So, the hell ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


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