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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • MASI

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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

    Gaetano D’Aquino is a brand of imported Italian wines based out of California. The label is nam...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rose 2014

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    Wine review by docdom


  • Cantine Maschio Moscato Cadoro

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    Honeyed apple and peach, apricot, and sweet syrupy orange blossom on the nose. Effervescent and juicy on the palate, this one is for those with a sweet tooth. Clementine juice and pith full on the palate with a white blossom edge and a creamy finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ruffino Extra Dry Rosé NV

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    Rose petal and sweet ripe cherry aromas and a strawberry preserve glaze. Creamy and smooth on the palate, frosted icing, cranberry and cherry fruit, and a red licorice finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Leone de Castris Salice Salentino Riserva 2013

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    Wine review by docdom


  • "The Leonetti Sangiovese is probably more of a novelty item Jack. It's ... grown in certain regions of Italy.The main problem is that, as you see on the Pinot Noir thread, to do a good Sangiovese you need the same thing you need for any grape - a good vineyard, a good vintage, and good wine making. And since there isn't a lot planted outside of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Aussie Wine in the US


  • Adesso Cagnina di Romagna 2012

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    Looking for a nicely sweet wine. Well made and delivers a burst sunshine. Read More

    Wine review by sbr1105


  • I am a an artist who loves to travel with my wife to food and wine rich parts ... favorites are California and Italy. We are about to explore the southern part of Italy from Rome down to the Amalfi Coast this summer and I expect to grow my Italian wine selections.My art website is cornelisvanspronsen.com where you can find out more about m Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Yet, wine is, on one level, a consumer product like any other. No matter what ... itself. All over France and Italy there are very modest places producing wine of international renown. No tasting room beyond a barrel turned up in a cellar, no gift shop, just a simple farmhouse. The money mostly goes back into the wine, avoiding the price infla... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • Brachetto d'Acqui Neirano NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Della Scala Pinot Grigio 2014

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    About $8 crisp light Pinot Grigio, elegant finish a blend of white fruit and minerality, I can see drinking this outdoors on a hot summer night, nice wine Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


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