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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

  • Villa Jolanda

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

  • Pescevino

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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • 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

  • Barolo DOCG 2004

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    Wine review by Mahee Ferlini


  • Giribaldi Barolo 2009

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    Definitely got a licorice taste which I'm just personally not a fan of Read More

    Wine review by Mahee Ferlini


  • Tintero Moscato d'Asti Sori Gramella 2013

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    Oh ya & Yum! Perfect moscato - light effervescent, sweet pears, clean finish. Grabbed a bottle while on the island of Kauai and sipped while watching the palm trees sway, listening to the ocean. Paradise for the eyes & palatte. Read More

    Wine review by StukNlodi


  • Placido Chianti 2012

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    enjoyable Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Il Muretto Chianti Riserva 2008

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    Interesting one. Purchased from Jubilation. Ruby red just turning a bit brown on the edges. The nose opens like walking into the an old book store or the collection area of a Library....paper, stewed plum, and leather. Medium body and savory. High Acidity, tart, Very dry, and a long finish. Opens up a bit and a lingering sweet savory and hints ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale Tan Label 2010

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    Bad taste no body Read More

    Wine review by Junisin


  • Bolla Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso le Poiane 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Gran Conti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Smooth drinking, well balanced with a bit of spice. Red fruit/blackberry balance. Not a lot of staying power in the fridge. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • If anyone has some 2005 primitivo-based wine from the Lazio or Campania region ... on the edge of Mondragone, Italy.   Grazie mille, Famiglia Moi Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2005 Moio 57 Tasting


  • Poggio le Volpi Baccarossa Rosso IGT 2008

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    This is, by far, my favorite wine. It is a deep purple color with a smooth, silky taste of liquorice, berries and chocolate. Sadly, I cannot find any more of it in the USA and have been unable to find a new favorite. I feel happy and sad when I open each of my few remaining bottles. Read More

    Wine review by ashfordite


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