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

  • Merlot

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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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...

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

  • Voga

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

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

  • Bolla

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Villa Jolanda

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Oko Pinot Grigio 2007


    Very good wine, dry white, smooth taste with good flavor. Read More

    Wine review by Tony Colozza

  • Tami Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2013


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    Wine review by solargecko

  • Gianni Conte Pinot Grigio Della Venezie 2014


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    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Monsonaccio


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    Wine review by jgag

  • Steprano Rosé


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    Wine review by jgag

  • I've actually started looking at points again, esp Parker for some ... ... ... expert on the wines of Italy, according to lots of sites that are selling wines he rated highly.  If you actually speak to anyone in Piedmont, you might have a different opinion, but they don't say too much for attribution.  Frankly, I can't tell what he likes in P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Masi Campofiorin 2011


    Very fruity on the nose. Concentrated fruit and viscous in the mouth with sharp acidity and a noticeable lack of tannin on the medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Feudi di San Gregorio Aglianico Irpinia Serpico 2001


    Thank you for bringing this Amazing Italian wine Table #7 at my venue.Decanted young and got better by the minute. Bias as I am a fan of Fuedi di San Gregorio wines.-Aglianico from the base of Mt.Vesuvius.Naples area compliments of Nero. Viva Fuedi. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Tenuta Cocci Grifoni Rosso Piceno Superiore Vigna Messieri 2008


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    Wine review by Popmuseum

  • Valdipiatta Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2011


    Dark smoke and toast showing on the nose with dark berries and a whiff of tomato leaf. This comes out strong in the mouth with candied plum and cherry fruit, strong tannins and a warming palate of toast and baking spice. Towards the finish the tannins are gripping and there's a licorice note with a slight herbal hint of medicine and more earth. ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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