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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Terre da Vino

    The many guests who arrive at our winery every day cannot help but notice that they are literally...

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Pescevino

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

  • MASI

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

  • 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

  • GregDean is a good bloke and yes does make some good wineUnfortunately history ... the chainLike the US/France/Italy et al we have many significant wine regions all of which are differentIn my State of South Australia we have [with dominant varieties]Barossa/Eden Valley - Shiraz and RieslingMcLaren Vale - ShirazClare Valley - Shiraz and Riesli... Read More

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  • Lisini Brunello di Montalcino 2009

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    I was expecting more but it was satisfying. Plenty of red berry fruit, tannins, acidity, spice and herbal tones. There was a slight barnyard funk to this that needs 45 mins. of decanting. 88 points - Drink now - Paul Read More

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  • Torrebruna Brunello di Montalcino 2008

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    Wine review by Doctor Scooter


  • Provenzano Gavi di Gavi DOCG 2015

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    A recent Tasting Room selection. Their tasting notes seem pretty accurate to me. 'This mineral driven white from Piedmonte brings all the sensation I look for in these crisp refreshing food wines.Citrus pith, chalk and walnut and white pepper characterize the aromas. The palate is surprisingly voluptuous and creamy with lemon rind and white nect... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Barbresco DOCG Gianfranco & Serena Cordero 2013

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    Another recent Naked Wines selection. Rather pale, thin, and translucent Brown Red in the glass - made me think for the moment - 'ugh, get ready to step up to some watered down Plonk'...what a surprise to find no, what a tough little number. Opens with orange peel and concord grape, then spice and fresh plucked leaves; then some mint and cardamo... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Agreed Amour. There's no harm to it and often a nice upside.D - I ... ... Germany, Hungary, and Spain.Italy was a third world country until well after WW2. Spain too. Those people weren't sitting around pondering what they're going to get for their next tattoo or how to pair a certain preparation of the local specialty so that it married prope... Read More

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  • If you're looking for excuses to spend more money on the event, you can ... like Falanghina in southern Italy. Translate that to even Kiwi pinot grigios if you must. Sparkling works, too. Ripe stone fruit, first choice peaches, then apricots and nectarines before plums, I would think. Skinned, with cuts down to the stone, or possibly halved of... Read More

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  • If I were within reach of NYC on that date I would *definitely* be ... finest ... finest estates in France and Italy at a tasting to benefit Partners-in-Health. "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay." This is a great opportunity to taste and talk with these talented vignerons in optimal, uncrowded conditions, particular... Read More

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  • See that REST OF THE WORLD section above...it includes the Canaries!I am ... ... ... Liguria (northwestern Italy), Tasmania (Australia Read More

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  • Terramore Organic Nero d'Avola

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    Same, Total Wine bottle. First time I have a bottle marked as "Organic". This Italian grape is usually a bit tart and it's just 1 year old wine, so I would say this is expected, and this is what i like about it! velvety dark berries nose with cane sugar. same dark berries with maple in flavor. short wild cherry aftertaste with very little vanill... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • 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. ...

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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.

    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

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  • Where do I find TOSO's Fragolino wine?

    Comment by 629667fragolino 629667 fragolino


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

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