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

  • Mezzacorona

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

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • G.D. Vajra

    Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo, with vineyards planted to nebbiolo at heigh...

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

    Cantina Zaccagnini is a winery located in Abruzzo, Italy. The winery was established in the la...

  • Villa Jolanda

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

    The wine cellar “Lands of the Barolo“ The “Terre del Barolo“ winery ‘s distinguished range of pro...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Calai 2013

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    Un vino dal colore giallo paglierino, fresco e floreale, un pò carente al naso denota comunque profumo di ginestra, fiori bianchi. Al gusto, sapido, di media persistenza e buona acidità, da evidenziare il retrogusto un pò amaro tipico dell'uva Pecorino. Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • Wine's great, food's at least as good, air and views and general ... ... ... Like a lot of places in Italy you can find ways to both acknowledge and ignore--and generally overcome--the touristification. Back when Franco Zeffirelli still had his place near Positano I visited, finding some crazy interesting people around, too, even during the s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Ian Cauble often has interesting wines at his Somm Select site. Today's ... ... d'Amalfi, Campania, Italy 2013 An hour drive south of Naples is Italy’s dramatic Amalfi Coast, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Steep, mountainous cliffs rise vertically from the translucent turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea leaving ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Boccadigabbia Merlot Pix Marche 2001

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    I would like to find a cabarnet sauvignon from the late 1990? Read More

    Wine review by ninog


  • La Pievaccia Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2005

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    Un vino balsamico, dall'intenso profumo di mora, colore rosso rubino, un vino che riesce a durare nel tempo con una notevole astringenza nel palato che però viene mitigato dell'affidamento in rovere. Abbiamo a che fare con un Sangiovese, un vino antico il cui nome deriva da "sanguis jovis", sangue di Giove. Il Brunello in particolare è ricavato... Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • Folonari Chianti 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Langhe Nebbiolo. Fontanafredda 2011

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    The wine has a bright ruby color in the glass with great clarity. The nose is remarkable in its young complexity with aromas of tar, licorice, dried flowers and an almost cotton candy note. The taste is quite nice, with notes of berries and plum that transition to some earthy notes of peat midpalate. The finish is quite pleasant as the young,... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Velenosi Lacrima di Morro d'Alba 2013

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    Added this vintage by error, but cannot find out how to eliminate it from my list. Read More

    Wine review by sarahbeader


  • Feudi di San Gregorio Taurasi 2005

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    Un vino dalla foga straordinaria, adatto al lungo invecchiamento che beneficia dell'affinamento in botte. Da uve Aglianico, sembra di bere un pezzo di antica Grecia, infatti aglianico è sinonimo di ellenico. Al naso note balsamiche fresche, marasca, cannella, anice, al gusto un vino austero, con sentori di frutta rossa, visciola, vaniglia. Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • 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


  • 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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