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

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Barbera

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

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

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • Pescevino

    Pescevino is a wine produced in the Marches region of Italy, packaged in a unique, fish-shaped,...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Tommasi

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

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • Castello del Poggio

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

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  • Carpineto Chianti Classico 2015

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    Dark and savory aromas of blueberry and blackberry with smoky dark chocolate and mineral earth. Concentrated fruit flavors of strawberry, cherry and raspberry on the palate, with chewy tannins and black olives towards the finish. Read More

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  • Terre di Perseto Albore Chianti Classico 2015

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    Fresh fruit notes of cherry and red currant on the nose with pleasant spice and a creamy vanilla note. Expressive red fruit flavors on the palate with more zesty spice, chewy tannins and a bit of oak on the finish. 89 pts Read More

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  • Fattoria Rignana Chianti Classico 2014

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    Woodland tree bark and dark berry on the nose. Cherry and strawberry fruit on the palate. Read More

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  • Podere Castellinuzza Chianti Classico 2013

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    Earthy and brooding on the nose, this brings muted red fruit but mostly mineral earth. A touch medicinal in the mouth with fruit notes of mixed berry and cherry cough drops with a punchy character and a finish of gripping tannins and earthiness. Read More

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  • Cantine Guidi Chianti Classico 2015

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    Soft floral cherry blossom and earthy clay aromas with a hint of sweet spice. This is candied and quite fruity on the attack with a floral cherry and strawberry candy note to start but turning quite earthy towards the finish. Read More

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  • Tenuta di Arceno Chianti Classico 2014

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    Darkly spiced and earthy on entry with plum and black currant fruit. Dry and sandy textured in the mouth, this has a rich mineral palate and tart red fruit flavors with a medium finish of herb and cranberry. Read More

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  • Nittardi Belcanto Chianti Classico 2014

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    Creamy, pleasant notes of savory earth, stony minerals and black cherry fruit. This has great depth of fruit on entry, with cherry, red currant and cranberry notes introduced by a warming and buoyant acidity which spikes on the mid palate before descending into an earthy core of dark chocolate, more mixed red fruit and clove spice. 90 pts Read More

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  • Podere Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico 2014

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    Creamy dark berry aromas with plum and black currant jam. Tart and earthy on the palate, more dark berry fruit and a short finish. Read More

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  • Principe Corsini le Corti Chianti Classico 2014

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    Savory cured meat and brown sugar aromas with concentrated black cherry and blackberry fruit on the nose. Full bodied on the palate with a pleasant floral note floating on top of chocolate cherry, strawberry and fresh berry fruit notes, a chewy tannic structure and a finish of blueberry pie filling. 91 pts Read More

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  • Castello di Meleto Chianti Classico 2014

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    Tart strawberry and cherry fruit aromas. On the palate this is tart and red fruited, fruit forward and simple cranberry, cherry and red currant notes with a short finish. Read More

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