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 ...

  • Prosecco

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Tommasi

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Mezzacorona

    Responsible for overseeing Gruppo Mezzacorona, the Mezzacorona Societa Cooperativa Agricola wa...

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Pescevino White Blend Blu 2004

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    very good Read More

    Wine review by vidalina


  • Fattoria Scopone Brunello di Montalcino l'Olivare 2009

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    The wine is a nice deep ruby red color in the glass, perhaps a little darker than I was expecting. The nose presents aromas of ripe black fruit, oak and baking spice, with a hint of smoke. The taste is interestng, as it starts out with a bit of cherry cola, mocha and dark chocolate, that transition to a bit of anise and dried herbs. The tanni... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Brunello di Montalcino Renieri 94js 2006

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    The wine is a beautiful purple garnet in the glass, with just the faintest hint of brown along the edges. The nose is replete with aromas of leather, plum and violet, with just a hint of pepper spice. The taste brings be back to late summer in Tuscany, with a bright rush of ripe plum and currant up front, that transitions nicely to some notes ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Lambrusco Reggiano Frizzante Medici Ermete Concerto 2015

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    A dry version of the Frizzante Lambrusco is very good, with a nice vinous nose (similar to the hybrid Marechal Foch) and soft, acidic entry. Very grapey, but somehow deep at the same time, this wine is quite enjoyable, and one of the better examples this reviewer has tasted. 88. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I haven't played in this conversation for a while, mostly, because most of ... ... the bank. Two from Italy and one from an Italian American..The Zin was a no-brainer.  I am totally unfamilar with both the winery and the vineyard.  However, according to the back label this wine is eligible for one of Outtere's "Old Vine Zins" gatherings--plan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Falesco Vitiano Rosato Umbria IGT 2015

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    Chunky melon and tart lemon aromas. On the palate this is simple yet pleasant, with strawberry and cherry notes, light blossom and an herbal finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Carpineto Merlot Valcolomba 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ashokjangid


  • Itynera Nero d'Avola Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Deep ruby color. Full bodied wine with a hint of tobacco in the nose and aftertaste, with dark chocolate in it as well. Very persistent finnish. Read More

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2015

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    Crisp, clean and nicely layered. Gorgeous notes of white fruits, melon and a mineral streak through the finish.92 points Read More

    Wine review by egon klimt


  • Giorgi Vigna Casa del Corno Barbera Croatina Uva Rara Vespolina Buttafuoco Dell'Oltrepo Pavese 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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