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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • 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...

  • Bolla

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

  • Mezzacorona

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Nino Franco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Rustico NV

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    Did a terrific job with an order of Oysters on the half-shell Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Inama Carmenere Piu 2010

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    Tight and focused on the nose with a thin veneer of oak restraining peppery and spicy herb infused plum and slightly tarry black currant fruit. Soft and smooth, and down right plush on entry with late arriving acids that help lend this a more lively character. the fruit is a bit dark and chewy with subtle herbal and medicinal licorice hints addi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Duca Della Corgna Cantina del Trasimeno Divina Villa Riserva DOC 2008

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    Un vino delicato, ampio ed equilibrato, al naso erbe di campo con sottili toni vegetali, al gusto fragoloso con note di bacche selvatiche. Le uve Gamay, tipico vitigno francese, trovano sul lago trasimeno una seconda patria, questo vino riserva, affinato a lungo in botti di rovere equilibria il grado alcolico con un eccezionale morbidezza. Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • It's not just the year, but the year for specific locations and ... so as ... so as in CA, WA, OR, France, Italy, etc., especially over larger geographical ranges.Melissa, could be vintage, could also be winemaking. Have you tried letting the 2010 breathe for several hours first? Does it taste different on the 2nd day after opening? I haven't ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Clos du Bois North Coast...


  • Azelia Barolo DOCG 2004

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    This is my second bottle of this in the last year, or so. Interesting tinges of brown in the glass. That surprises me a bit. Very light on the fruit on entry to the mouth. Overriding flavors/sensations are dust, tobacco and tannin. Tannin notwithstanding, not as full-bodied as I might have expected. Quite tart on the back of the palate. ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Terredora di Paolo Falanghina Campania IGT 2009

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    This is a beautiful wine. Very smooth and easy to drink. Quite a lot of mineral taste matched with fruits like peach. Read More

    Wine review by sbellamy


  • Mallorio montepulciano d'Abruzzo doc 2011

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    Un vino di moderata tannicità, dal colore rosso rubino tendente al violaceo, al naso ampio con una profumazione che ricorda la cannella. Al gusto sentori di ciliegia, marasca e semi di cassis. Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • MASI Masianco Pinot Grigio & Verduzzo 2012

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    Light and floral aromas of orange blossom, honey and peach. Palate is fresh and lively, but simple yet pleasing. There's peach and apricot, a bit of lemon zest and green apple. The long finish is even a bit herbal. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pinot Grigio 2012

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    Enjoyed a bottle at Ammos in NYC. Read More

    Wine review by mariaisip


  • Dulcis Rosso

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    This has got to be the best wine ever, so smooth and no bitter after taste. Read More

    Wine review by Janjeffus


  • 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. ...

    Comment by 827015nunn 827015 nunn


  • 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.

    Comment by 468011ssolot 468011 ssolot


  • 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

    Comment by 629667fragolino 629667 fragolino


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