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

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Castello del Poggio

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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2014

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Tenuta Carretta Barbaresco Cascina Bordino 2010

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    A dusty and earthy nose, this wine leads with tomato leaf, cocoa powder, herb, and not much fruit. In the mouth there's strong red fruit, mostly lively cherry and a hint of cranberry, but there's also a fair bit of herb and a hint of a violet floral component, licorice, ripe black cherry and a short goji and cranberry finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • San Felice Pugnitello Toscana 2010

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    Interesting Tuscan red from the Pugnitello grape. Medium to dark ruby red with a rustic, earthy nose with a touch of cedar. Ripe black cherry, black plum, a bit of licorice and a hint of menthol on the palate. This is still a youngster with fairly big, grainy and grippy tannins and a medium amount of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Tenuta Polvaro Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Pungent licorice, black cherry and raspberry fruit on the nose with a fair bit of heat still in the bottle and a hint of sawdust and earth. In the mouth there's the same black cherry, earth and licorice, adding in layers of blackberry and baking spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Castelforte Corvina Veronese Cantina Riondo 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Kinda got caught up in realworld stuff. So after a bit of a delay...ITALY:Pictures one through three from the top are all of some very special vineyards producing very yummy Barolos.Picture four is in Campania above the Amalfi cost and those are very refreshing whites (likely falanghina).The fifth picture is of one of the many dirt roads into an... Read More

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  • Ventata 2011

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2013

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    Delicious. Great for the price ! Read More

    Wine review by bunnies101


  • Vitiano Bianco Verdicchio Vermentino Umbria IGT 2013

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    Lemon and honeydew melon aromas. Honeyed palate with toasted almonds, lemon, green bell pepper, cut grass and stone fruits like pear and green apple. Theres good balance between the alcohol and acidity, and its the green note that makes this wine more interesting than a lot of others. 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 ...

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  • 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?

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  • If it's a sangiovese grape it can't be wrong.

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  • 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

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  • 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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