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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Castello di Monsanto

    Castello di Monsanto is one of the most respected estates in Tuscany and one of the top produc...

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • MASI

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

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • 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...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Getting ready to head out on our vacation to Menaggio, Italy and decided to open a bottle of something Italian. Couldn't have picked a much better white than this bottle of Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore 2012.This is just a fantastic Italian white. Elisabetta makes some fantastic wines and this is just another great example. The co... Read More

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  • Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore 2012

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    This is just a fantastic Italian white. Elisabetta makes some fantastic wines and this is just another great example. The color has a bit of a golden hue and the nose carries a bit of floral notes. The best part is the taste of honeysuckle, honey, lemon curd with a creamy and rich texture, decent acidity and a long finish. There is a lot going o... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Kris Pinot Grigio 2014

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    Meijer's 5/23/16. Very good deck wine, enjoyed with Jim and Becky, on the occasion of our first warm Spring evening of 2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Fattoria la Valentina Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2012

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    Red berry fruits, a tangy citrusy note with earthy overtones to a soft tannic edge that blends well with an acidic finish that a juicy, fruit tinged finish. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Prodigo Nero d'Avola Leggermente Appasite 2014

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    Dark plum and blackcurrant fruit with notes of overripe strawberry and tobacco leaf. Richly powerful in the mouth with gripping tannic structure, thick raspberry preserves with seeds and all, dried dates and a note of blueberry on the finish. A thick mouthfeel and loads of acidity and structure with rich fruit makes this a big bold wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Luccio Moscato d'Asti 2014

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    Still one of my favorites but the sweetness level remains at elevated level, which is not something I really like to drink on a steady basis. Apples are dominate, with orchard florals, honey and bubbles. Went great with turkey, stuffing mushrooms, stuffed mushrooms, several cheeses, green bean casserole, baked squash w/nuts and cranberry relish.... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Christian Patat Pecorino 2014

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    A Naked Wines selection. Pale silver gold in the glass; opens with persimmon, lime, and kiwi; then slate, dried fruit, and lime; then oak and tea leaves; potting soil and pineapple. Most of these carry over to the palate, with lemon/lime and bright acidity. Mostly fruit forward, but with a bit of oak. As it opens, it becomes smoother. Very enjoy... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Tua Rita Rosso Dei Notri Toscana 2013

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    Bright red berry fruits highlight this IGT blend. This plenty of anise, red cedar, a hint of tobacco with a zest note and medium tannins marry up to good acidity flowing to a good lengthy aftertaste. It's ready - drink now. Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Pertinace Barbera d'Alba 2012

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    My second bottle. Really hit the spot. I'm looking for more. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Portovino Barbera di Colli Tortonesi 'Fuso' 2011

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    Wine review by Hilke71


  • 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 help..in gthe late 1970's early 1980's Victoria Wines shops sold a white Italian wine called Tranimer..it 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.

    Comment by 364170tameekhenderson 364170 tameekhenderson


  • THIS IS ONE MY WIFE'S FAVORITE WINES . THIS IS A WOMAN WHO DO NOT DRINK ALC. AND SHE HAS ASK TO BUY ANOTHER BOTTLE OF MARSALA SWEET WINE. THANK YOU

    Comment by 647363Liman Roy 647363 Liman Roy


  • Where do I find TOSO's Fragolino wine?

    Comment by 629667fragolino 629667 fragolino


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

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