Italian Vineyard Terms Explained

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Italian Vineyard Terms Explained

Italy is a land of vines -- after all, the Greeks did indeed call it “Enotria” (the land of wine) -- so it’s not surprising that Italians have so many terms for their vineyards. Part of the key to solving the puzzle that can be Italian wine labels is learning how Italian vineyards get their names.

It seems as though each Italian vineyard has been analyzed and cataloged, yielding a slew of terms that help to distinguish the best Italian vineyards from all the rest. Some of these names are so similar to other commonly used words that it might be confusing (but we’re going to fix that), while others seem rooted in a specific region’s dialect. Don’t worry, we’ll have all the Italian vineyard designations sorted out in due time. Let’s begin with the following list of Italian vineyard designations.

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  • Snooth User: P90G
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    Great piece. very informative.

    Nov 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

  • Snooth User: MillieD
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    Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to become more knowledgable about wine terms. Really enjoyed the article!

    Nov 30, 2010 at 3:22 PM

  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    Good article. Are you going to get into the government classification of wines like France does?

    Nov 30, 2010 at 5:12 PM

  • Snooth User: Buckl
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    Those terms seem like historic label clutter. i don't see how they help in making a wine selection. The article helps me know to ignore those terms.

    Nov 30, 2010 at 5:50 PM

  • Snooth User: Jazzgal
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    How nice to learn another "language" of wine. So nicely written. Thanks -

    Nov 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM

  • Snooth User: luca chevalier
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    Hi Greg...Vigneto=Cru...Podere = Piece of land, Tenuta =Podere+ a Building (most of time). Bricco is used only in Piemonte it's "dialetto" a sort of slang, "Ciabot" (also dialetto ) in Piemonte is a small building, lika 2m x2m where the farmers were keeping their tools to work in the vineyard.....

    Dec 01, 2010 at 2:18 AM

  • Snooth User: luca chevalier
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    ...località it's a small part of town, it'a a part of the town but it's located far from it ....Ciao

    Dec 01, 2010 at 2:21 AM

  • Snooth User: Momish
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    Is it possible to get ALL the information in a text file to print? At least at the end of the info there should be an option to print the whole thing. Having to click on each section and either print each one (waste of paper & toner) or cut & paste each section into another document is extremely annoying. The info is good but I lose patience with the whole experience.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 7:18 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Hi Norley, page through to the last slide in the show and you'll find a link to a single page format of the article, sans images though.

    Dec 01, 2010 at 10:25 AM

  • Snooth User: winedogs
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    nice piece; useful, too. appreciate your efforts

    Dec 01, 2010 at 1:48 PM

  • Snooth User: granos
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    The history of the vine, if you like to read it is at
    You will find where the first vine began and how, and the best link to the most popular Tuscany Cuisine wine

    Dec 02, 2010 at 2:52 AM

  • Snooth User: Giacomo Pevere
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    For pronunciations google translate is great, u can listen every word in this article and with a good pronunciations. Write just single words because voice reproduces the sequence of all words.

    The article is great! Very well explained and accurate.

    Dec 11, 2011 at 7:07 PM

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