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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • Pescevino

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

  • MASI

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

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

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

  • 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

  • Alpha Zeta Valpolicella 2015


    Appearance is super light and transparently clear....cherry/raspberry juice looking. The aromas are fresh, lively and youthful....cranberry and tart cherry dominate...the flavors follow suit, being young, tart but fruity and juicy....the mouthfeel is juicy, light and drinkable. Not what I'm used to but I'm glad I tried this wine made from loca... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • La Loggia Barolo 2007


    In the glass quite a fair amount of light passes through the winea muted, almost brown-tinged color. Phenolic nose. Lots of fruit on entryred raspberry, plum, cherrywith an herbal hintalmost minty. Surprisingly, light-bodied. Super tannic. Acid tartness makes me want to take another swallow. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Travaglini Gattinara 2010


    4 Stars. lighter than the 2009, obviously a reflection of the weather. Appreciated by the guests; none the less. I explained the front and back challenges and they better understood Nebbiolo varietal from Piedmont. Cheers. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin

  • Tommasi Viticoltori Poggio Al Tufo Rompicollo 2013


    Clear garnet color with some brownish hues around the rim of the glass....think the stems of the grape berry brown and with great bubbly goodness upon adding some air to the mix through swirling. The aromas are very much of rich, ripe dark berry, muted black peppery spice and slightly meaty. The flavors follow suit but become even longer and a... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Cantina di Santadi Shardana Valli di Porto Pino IGT Italy Sardinia Valli di Porto Pino Red 2007


    Lovely little number that I had at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. On the wine list for $75 so minimal markup and considering that, a bargain. Black Fruit/Cherry, Dried Fruits and Raisin that fades after a bit, Spices, Cocoa, Tobacco & Leather,and Licorice. Medium high Tannins, but a smooth mouthful. Quite a food friendly wine. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Einaudi Dolcetto di Dogliani 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by ichudnow

  • Astoria Lounge Sparkling Moscato Malvasia NV


    No written review

    Wine review by Horseracer

  • Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano 2014


    Strawberry and cranberry aromas with tart focused fruit and mineral earthiness on the nose with a pleasant floral character. Fresh, tart red fruit palate of raspberry, strawberry and cranberry with bright acidity and structured tannins, a creamy milk chocolate towards the finish with soft earth. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Angelo Maci Primitivo Puglia IGT Pillastro 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Luna di Luna Chard Pinot Grigio Premier 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Horseracer

  • What I noted the last couple of years is that the price/quality from the southern regions of Italy are improving each year. Several small producers have invested in their infrastructure in are using wine experts to work on quality. Puglia, Campania, Sicily and Calabria are the regions to watch the coming years ...

    Comment by 1296096NirvinoBe 1296096 NirvinoBe

  • PASTA & WINE... Pasta is very versatile with wine and it is the sauces you need to bear in mind. With tomato based dishes, fruity Italian reds such as Montepulciano d’Abruzzo or barbera make an excellent choice, as do many young sangiovese wines, including Chianti. With pesto go for a light, fresh white such as Verdicchio or pinot grigio and for...

    Comment by 902305Baffetto de Roma 902305 Baffetto de Roma

  • Hi hoping someone can gthe late 1970's early 1980's Victoria Wines shops sold a white Italian wine called was fruity and fragrent,soft and gentle to the taste with a smooth after taste. I ahve tries many Italian wines since but have yet to find one that is just so..even just talking about it I can taste it in my mouth lol. ...

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  • I'm going to be in Tuscany in September. Can you give me the names of some of the wineries that are open for tasting, tours, and purchasing.

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  • I am looking for Benedetta Chianti 2008, can anyone help?

    Comment by 794731Pam333 794731 Pam333

  • If it's a sangiovese grape it can't be wrong.

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  • Where do I find TOSO's Fragolino wine?

    Comment by 629667fragolino 629667 fragolino

  • I love Italy and I love Fragolino wine.....TOSO

    Comment by 629667fragolino 629667 fragolino

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