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...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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

  • Fattoria Il Poggio

    The history of the farm “Il Poggio” is nearly as ancient as its land, which has always rewarded m...

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • Bolla

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • 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...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Melini Vigneti la Selvanella Chianti Classico Riserva 2010

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    Deceptive nomenclature - because it is Melini behind the fancy name - so has some pedigree (established 1705) in the Classic region of Tuscany. The nose is cheerfully cherry (if I may be permitted this alliterative) with some Mediterranean earth and herb; decant, and you will enjoy the bitter chocolate, cherry and youthful finesse of this wine.... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Tre Filer VdT Bianco Dolce 2008

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    White Blend: Turbiana, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.The grapes are dried out for 3 months, then they are pressed.Colour: clear, golden.Perfume: very rich, with hazelnut, dried fruit, honey notes. The smell is strong but harmonious and it remember an autumn sunny day.Taste: exellent balance between sweetness, acidity and flavor. The freshness i... Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Bellavista Franciacorta Gran Cuvee Brut Sparkling Wine Franciacorta 2007

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    Chardonnay-Pinor Noir Blend Degorg. 2012 - Colour: clear, yellow with golden reflection, very fine perlage, persistent and abundant, very pleasant in mouth.Perfume: full bouquet, very elegant, with a characteristic perfume of bread crust and yeasts, flower, and white fruits.Taste: very good drinkability, balanced, fresh and savoury, great struct... Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Bellavista Alma Franciacorta Cuvée Brut NV

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    80% Chardonnay, 19% Pinor Noir, 1% Pinot Blanc.Colour: soft yellow, exellent and persistent perlage.Perfume: simple but balanced, fruity, fresh bread, peanuts, vanilla.Taste: fine and balanced, medium structure and acidity, exellent drinkability. Read More

    Wine review by Silvia Fantoni


  • Giovanni Almondo Almondo Arneis Bricco Delle Ciliegie 2013

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    Bright and refreshing. Very enjoyable Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Paje 2008

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    Black and red fruit. Tomato leaf and cedar wood. . Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco Conca Barolo 2009

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    Banana, spice, and coconut. Coconut overpowering. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo 2012

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    Nice fruit as well as mineral, floral, spice and herbal notes. Still young, tannins should soften with time. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • G.d. Vajra Nebbiolo Langhe 2011

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    Strawberry leaf, strawberry, floral.. Honey, wax and licorice. Slightly port-like. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • G.d. Vajra Barbera d'Alba 2011

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    Nicely balanced. Slightly savory. Floral and spice notes. Read More

    Wine review by anchca


  • 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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