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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Pescevino

    Pescevino is a wine produced in the Marches region of Italy, packaged in a unique, fish-shaped,...

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Mezzacorona

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

  • Bolla

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

  • 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...

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Italy on Snooth

  • Poggio Lontano Brunello di Montalcino 2005

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    Maybe because this was way In the back of my wine fridge and I forgot about it but I just opened it tonight to compliment braised short ribs and it was perfect! Would have saved some more if I knew!! Read More

    Wine review by bevbro


  • I was in Aviano, Italy. It's an airforce base..and they had the wine there and I loved it!!! I never got to get out and tour Italy and go wine tasting. Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'm new to this.


  • Last night we had our neighborhood friends (Debbie & Rick) over for a nice ... Winery, Piedmont region of Italy) and as a birthday gift for me, a 2012 St. Francis Zinfandel (Russian River Valley, Bacchi Vineyard) along with a skull cork screw.  We didn't drink my birthday wine, but here's how it went down as we pulled some wines from our wine ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I'm not an expert on wine at all....but I had a favorite wine that I drank while in Italy and I can't find a good wine here in Texas that is similar. I'm Brittany and I absolutely love sweet wine!!!!!! Read More

    Forum post in the topic I'm new to this.


  • Gee I wonder if the Hell’s Angels will be there. They would be so cute ... Oregon, Washington, France, Italy, Spain to taste at the Harley-Davidson duplex Showroom in TriBeC Read More

    Forum post in the topic Speaking of Harley Davidson


  • Osel Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato 2011

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    Interesting Italian wine made from the Ruche grape. Initially there was a touch of smoke on the nose but that dissipated into dark cherry and ripe plum. On the palate again there's nice black and red berries, a touch of black licorice, some earthiness, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • 2010 Petra Ebo Val di Cornia Suvereto Rosso, Tuscany, Italy 2010

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    Had at Antonio Ristorante, while visiting Addison. Great Italian Restaurant with a well rounded Wine list. Opens savory and floral, medium full mouthfeel, Well balanced tannins and acidity, but dry. Finishes long and savory. Went well with both an Artichoke Soup and Tortellini in Cream Sauce. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Pio Cesare Barbera Barbera d'Alba 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Sicilian Shiraz Terre Siciliane Marks and Spencer 2013

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas.It is an Indicazione Geograpafica Tipica wine rather than a DOC or DOCG.made for Marks and Spencer by the large MGM Mondo del Vino firm of negociants.It is 100% shiraz and aged for 5 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of homemade pasta bake and I did enjoy it.It is ve... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Albana di Romagna " St Lusa." Ancarani Albana Italy Emilia-Romagna Ancarani White 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by marylin422


  • 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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