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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • 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 ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • 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...

  • Dezzani

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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • MASI

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Castello di Bossi C. Berardenga Chianti Classico 2011

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    Very classic aromas of raspberry and ripe cherry. Medium bodied and very refreshing with powdered sugar, cocoa powder, raspberry preserves, black cherry and a clean well balanced finish. 4/5 Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Maculan Palazzotto Cabernet Sauvignon Breganze 2011

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    Quite pronounced aromas still holding some heat and powdered sugar, chalk and red raspberry aromas with a touch of perfumed floral violet. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, mostly with red ripe berries and blackberries, some leather and tobacco hints at an ability to age a few years with a finish of vanilla, cinnamon and dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Rhone Red 2009

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    I'm no "reviewer" but this wine is one word. WEAK. The first sip, I thought, "Watered down" with a vinegar finish. BLECH**** that's all I have to say, thank goodness it was only 6.99 at Giant Eagle, who had it on a massive display as if it was "good". I bought the red wine. Nasty Read More

    Wine review by Stalbott888


  • Saladini Pilastri Red Blend Marche IGT Pregio del Conte 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by alexk42


  • Tenuta Polvaro Oro 2013

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    Clean and direct on the nose with peach and melon rind. Flavors of tart lemon, butter and blue cheese, with a faint green note of fresh cut grass and finish of grapefruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Pinot Bianco Dellago Alto Adige 2013

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    Slight heat on the nose with creamy aromas of almond and vanilla. Very juicy and full bodied in the mouth and showing flavors of banana and melon, lime and a tart finish with citrus pith and cream cheese. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Gewürztraminer Kleinstein Alto Adige 2013

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    Potpourri and lavender blossom on the nose with honey and red apple. Very pronounced juicy apple flavors are quite floral with a touch of tartness and bright acidity with rose petal and a jasmine tea finish. Highly floral. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Bozen Pinot Grigio 2014

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    Some salinity and mineral aromas with some fruit flavors of apricot and pear. Burst of fruit flavor in the mouth with flavors of pear and lemon, buoyant acidity and a driving citrus finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Tenuta Polvaro Lison Classico 2013

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    Smoke and tart lemon aromas. Smooth and tart with lemon flavor and a bit of creamy buttery note and golden delicious apples with some greek yogurt tartness and a smoky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Voga Pinot Grigio 2013

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    Lightly nutty, funky aromas with touches of peach and mango. A bit flabby in the mouth with mostly tropical notes of papaya with a hint of nuttiness on the finish with a touch of light lemon. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • 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?

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

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