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...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 ...

Subregions of Italy

  • Alto Adige

      Alto Adige is the north half of the larger region known as Trentino-Alto Adige, in norther...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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....

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Mezzacorona

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Colavita Verdicchio di Matelica 2012

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    Rather intense on the nose with an odd combination of artichoke, balsamic spice, coriander and melon aromas. Rather neutral in the mouth with a texture that has decent supporting acids but at the same time seems a bit too slippery. Theres some modest citrus fruit present on the palate and a nice hint of complexity on the fairly long finish, but ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Vitiano Verdicchio/Vermentino Umbria IGT 2013

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    Lime leaf and lemons show up on the fruity yet restrained nose along with some light mineral and pollen floral notes. Lively on the palate, there's just a hint of flesh here wrapping up the energetic acids that support the simple citrus and white peach flavors here. Ending with a lovely hint of almond and pithy citrusy flavors on the modest fin... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2013

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    With simple apple fruit on the nose this doesnt reveal much aromatic complexity. On the palate its a vibrant wine, with bright acids supporting clean, crisp apple fruit that has some steely nuance to it. Clean and fresh, this is uncomplicated though has an attractive texture which is clean and easy to enjoy right through the modest finish. 84pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Argiolas Costamolino Vermentino di Sardegna 2013

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    Very citrussy and fruity on the nose with complicating hints of peach and spicy, antiseptic, polleny floral notes. Juicy and a bit fleshy on entry with depth of flavor that recalls fruit nectar. this is in fact a bit thick on the palate with lovely peach tinged pineapple and clementine flavors. The creamy texture really becomes pronounced on the... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Tenuta Ponte Irpinia Coda di Volpe Campania 2012

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    Reticent aromas of amber, carnations, gypsum and white pepper greet the nose. In the mouth this is smooth, almost slippery on the palate with a fine bright feel and simple yet attractive waxy yellow fruit flavors. the spice on the nose shows up a bit on the back of the palate as this transitions to a modest, refreshing and slightly spicy finish.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Aia Vecchia Vermentino 2013

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    Pretty fragrant on the nose with perfumy floral notes layered over some minty, sandy tones, a touch of fennel pollen and soft heathery citrus fruits. A bit soft, or rather broad in the mouth, this lacks a bit of brightness on the palate but does deliver lovely roasted lemon flavors with hints of sand and herbal floral top notes. The acids pops a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Arnaldo Caprai Grecante Grechetto Umbria 2012

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    Aromas of waxy, dried fruit pop from the glass followed by spicy herbal notes of mint and sage all floating above a tense base of peppery white fruit. A touch of trapped CO2 adds a prickle tot eh tongue as this shows off rather restrained flavors of white orchard fruits and lemon curd. Theres a lovely sense of minerality at the core of this wine... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Perticaia Trebbiano Spoletino 2012

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    Lots of subtle dried floral character, butchers wax and dried apple aromas greet the nose. This is rather complex if savory on the nose and quite attractive with hints of chalk and apple stem adding detail. Light bodied and fresh with an immediate wave of pear fruit on the attack, this settles into more subtle orchard fruits on the palate with a... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Casale Marchese Frascati Superiore 2013

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    Slightly green and vegetal aromas on the nose recall garden vegetables with hints of tomato leaf laid over rather sweet and slightly spicy lemon and lime fruits with just a hint of melon as well. This is clean and focused in the mouth. Ats a narrow wine on the palate, but rapier sharp with lovely acidity supporting seashell like accent notes f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Goretti Grechetto 2012

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    Deeply aromatic with dusty minerals, a bit of waxy fruit, incipient note of petrol, crayola crayon and chalk all adding nuance. Bright on entry and perhaps with just a hint of trapped CO2 helping to keep this lively in the mouth. the palate shows a similar array of savory character as the nose with more of a fruit profile, grapefruit peel, lime ... Read More

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  • 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?

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

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