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...

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • 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

  • Dezzani

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

  • San Silvestro

    The “Cantine San Silvestro” is located in the territory of the Commune of Novello. It mainly prod...

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Castello del Poggio

      Castello del Poggio is just that - a castle. With a history dating back to medieval tim...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Fontodi Chianti Classico 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Tea and tobacco emerge on the nose followed by extracted, heavy carob laced aromas of roasted fruit. Big, powerful, and inelegant in the mouth, this is all chunky and showing rich, roasted fruit with harsh tannins. Raw, unbalanced and surprisingly bad. tasted twice with similar results. 70pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Casaloste Chianti Classico 2011

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    90% Sangiovese, 10% merlot A bit tight on the nose and frankly weird smelling of sweet oak and grape jelly. In the mouth one finds a wine that is both rich and thin. Soft and shapeless on the tongue, this is matte and has an extracted feel that is not entirely unappealing on a textural level but there is no depth, nuance, of distinct flavor eit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • San Vincenti Chianti Classico 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Dark, heavy, oily and tarry on the nose, this shows more interest in the mouth where it is all spicy and mineral on entry but turns heavy with fruit and large scaled in a raw, inelegant, tannic, tough, extracted way that leads to a bitter, hot finish. 78pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello d'Albola Chianti Classico 2010

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo A bit flat on the nose showing off some old wood tones and a bit of spice character as well. Decidedly flat in the mouth with lots of candied medicinal and herbal flavors layered over dark black cherry fruit this is rather short and inelegant but not overtly offensive. 83pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chianti Classico Luiano 2012

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    90% Sangiovese, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot Smoky, ashy, and a bit overtly woody on the nose with coy fruit. Tight and nervy in the mouth, this displays decent weight though with flavors that are simple and not very distinguished. the texture is attractive, and this is refreshingly austere on the finish so it may just be going through a clo... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Monteraponi Chianti Classico 2011

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    95% sangiovese 5% Canaiolo Deeply earthy and briary on the nose with lots of astringent red fruits and smoky top notes. Theres plenty of sweet fruit on the palate, all raspberry and strawberry toned, but the flavors are a little roasted with a hint of truffle accentuating the ripeness which also shows up on the soft finish. This is both a bit ra... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Carpineta Fontalpino Chianti Classico 2011

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    100% Sangiovese Smoky and earthy on the nose with rich aromas of potting soil and flowers with some spicy top notes. On entry this has some cabernet like power, dry and deep on the midpalate with black fruit and spicy flavors that offer nice textural cut but are abit anonymous. Blackcurrants on the slightly tannic finish which shows decent len... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Castello di Verrazzano Chianti Classico 2011

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    95% Sangiovese, 5% Canaiolo Dark on the nose and a bit sweet smelling with a beautiful melange of frutti del bosco, woodland spices, and mineral aromas. A bit chunky in the mouth and rich with ripe cherry fruit, this lacks a bit of structure, turning soft on the palate which is a bit roasty and fudgy. that roasted fruit does show fine persistenc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2012

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    90% Sangiovese, 10% a blend of malvasia Nera, Colorino and Merlot Sweetly oaked and vanila influenced on the nose, this show some attractive black cherry and blackcurrant fruit aromas. A bit slick in the mouth in a rich but simple style that is attractively fresh with a nice mineral edge that helps to add a bit of cut to the rather chunky fruit.... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Carpineto Chianti Classico 2012

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    80% Sangiovese, 20% Canaiolo and other red grape varieties Damp tobacco, earthy, and a bit funky come together on the nose which is decidedly not fruit driven but complex and nuanced. Big fruit underpinned by tannins are a bit hunky and inelegant fills the mouth on entry. Decidedly young and raw, this shows off a rather old school profile with l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • 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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