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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

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

  • Pescevino

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • 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...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Piccini Memoro Italia Vino Rosso d'Italia NV

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    Produce Station, Ann Arbor, 4/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Ruffino Modus Toscana 2013

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    Rich and full aromas of dark chocolate, baking spice and vanilla bean with ripe blackberry and black cherry notes that are clear and inviting. A bounce of fruit on the palate, mostly black cherry and concentrated black currant, this fills in nicely towards the mid palate, building structurally towards a tannic crescendo before a wave of acidity ... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Nobilissima Prosecco NV

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    Clean and light on the palate, with lemon and melon fruit notes. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tommasi Valpolicella Ripasso 2013

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    Herbal strawberry and basil aromas with tomato leaf notes of dusty earth, floral spice and black pepper. On the palate the fruit is more expressive, cherry and cranberry fruit coming through though still herbal, this shows a bit of clay and more drying earth towards the finish before rounding off some of the dark berry fruit with oak spice and a... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Ruffino Ducale Chianti Classico Reserva 2014

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    Had this at Bravo's with Lunch the other day. Surprisingly given the age, a Brown Red in the Glass. Musty/Musky Fruit, Dry, Tannic and Medium Acidity, Medium Weight in the Mouth.This review seems fairly accurate to me - 'The Riserva Ducale is an intense ruby red color. This complex wine is characterized by sweet cherry and red berry fruit notes ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • I enjoyed a glass of this Nebbiolo from Langhe, Piemonte in Italy last night with pizza at a little restaurant in Washington DC.  Afterwards we walked over to the Sidney Harmon Hall to attend a ballet performance by the Washington Ballet and boy was it impressive. Read More

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


  • Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2015

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    Toasted vanilla notes of dark blackberry jam on the nose with floral violet accents and a fair bit of spice. This is dry, austere and concentrated on the palate, with raisiny notes of dark plum, fit and blackberry and a tart finish of drying tannin and smoky espresso. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Rocca Felice Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2015

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    Nice Barbera but there are better ones at this price point. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Tavernello Vino Rosso 2014

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by wenwyia


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