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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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...

  • Bolla

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

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

  • Tommasi

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

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Torrebruna Brunello di Montalcino 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Doctor Scooter


  • Provenzano Gavi di Gavi DOCG 2015

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    A recent Tasting Room selection. Their tasting notes seem pretty accurate to me. 'This mineral driven white from Piedmonte brings all the sensation I look for in these crisp refreshing food wines.Citrus pith, chalk and walnut and white pepper characterize the aromas. The palate is surprisingly voluptuous and creamy with lemon rind and white nect... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Barbresco DOCG Gianfranco & Serena Cordero 2013

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. Rather pale, thin, and translucent Brown Red in the glass - made me think for the moment - 'ugh, get ready to step up to some watered down Plonk'...what a surprise to find no, what a tough little number. Opens with orange peel and concord grape, then spice and fresh plucked leaves; then some mint and cardamo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I ... ... Germany, Hungary, and Spain.Italy was a third world country until well after WW2. Spain too. Those people weren't sitting around pondering what they're going to get for their next tattoo or how to pair a certain preparation of the local specialty so that it married prope... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indian food and what wines??????


  • If you're looking for excuses to spend more money on the event, you can ... like Falanghina in southern Italy. Translate that to even Kiwi pinot grigios if you must. Sparkling works, too. Ripe stone fruit, first choice peaches, then apricots and nectarines before plums, I would think. Skinned, with cuts down to the stone, or possibly halved of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Sangria


  • If I were within reach of NYC on that date I would *definitely* be ... finest ... finest estates in France and Italy at a tasting to benefit Partners-in-Health. "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay." This is a great opportunity to taste and talk with these talented vignerons in optimal, uncrowded conditions, particular... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • See that REST OF THE WORLD section above...it includes the Canaries!I am ... ... ... Liguria (northwestern Italy), Tasmania (Australia Read More

    Forum post in the topic DID YOU KNOW THAT THE CANARY...


  • Terramore Organic Nero d'Avola

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    Same, Total Wine bottle. First time I have a bottle marked as "Organic". This Italian grape is usually a bit tart and it's just 1 year old wine, so I would say this is expected, and this is what i like about it! velvety dark berries nose with cane sugar. same dark berries with maple in flavor. short wild cherry aftertaste with very little vanill... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • REALLY BIG AL.....it is an event on March,  6th in Miami, Florida, called-GREAT WINES OF ITALYI am looking forward to offerings from various premium boutique wineries.Over 150 Italian wineries are participating! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre 2011

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    Had this with dinner at Del Frisco's Eagle in Dallas. This one from Wine.com seems very accurate to me - '"One of the brightest and most consistent stars from the Allegrini portfolio, the 2011 Palazzo della Torre does a great job in framing local flavors with the current and future favored global drinking style- soft, ripe and smooth, but not ov... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


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