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

  • 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...

  • Prosecco

    History of the grape: References to a lightly sparkling wine in the Veneto date back to the 1100s, but it was much sw...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

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

  • Terre da Vino

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

  • Villa Jolanda

    It was back in the post war period when the Santero brothers Leopoldo, Renzo, Aldo and Adelio, fo...

  • Cantina Zaccagnini

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

  • Cantina Terre Del Barolo

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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Pico Maccario Lavignone Rose Piedmont 2017

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    Highly floral aromas of raspberry and cherry with perfumed white blossom and hints of pear. Nice mouthfeel on this with good acidity but not overpowering, cinnamon and black pepper spice, cherry and strawberry fruit, a bit of dried herb and a candied plum and grapefruit finish that turns creamy at the end. Well-rounded and enjoyable. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Kupelwieser Lagrein Intenditore Alto Adige 2017

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    Inky dark maroon color. Musty nose. Whoa, this one will smack you around, a bit. Just the slightest suggestion of black or blue berries, and, then, Its just tons of minerally, stoney, soily sensations. Ive long laughed a people who insist they want to taste the terroir in a wine. You want to taste the dirt? This is your wine. After just a... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Barone Pizzini Brut Rose Franciacorta 2012

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    Aromatic strawberry and toasted pastry aromas with sour cherry and tart cranberry. More sour cherry and puckering cranberry on the palate with some floral notes, crisp and zesty spice and bolstering acidity, pink grapefruit adding depth towards a finish of earthy tar and lengthy smokiness. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Scoperta Terre Siciliane Italy Pinot Grigio 2016

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    a pleasant wine, while a little tart, it does not detract. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Valdo Floral Edition Rose Brut Spumante NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Danese Lessini Durello Vino Spumante Brut NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Rosapasso Originale Biscardo Pinot Nero Veneto IGT Rose 2017

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Incanto Marsala Dry Fine I.P. D.O.P

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    "Ambra", medium fluffy carameled plums on ripe red apple aroma. Soft cane sugar beginning, short apricot in middle and long lemony ending with ticklish tannins. Nice balance! 18% alc comes like a fall in pillows) Goes excellent with Montezumas 100% chocolate! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Candoni Elviana Rose

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    No written review

    Wine review by spitfiretoo


  • Theresa Eccher "Altero" Etna Rosso DOC 2011

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    Great wine prephylloxera. Vineyard 120 years old at about 800 meters above sea level. Intense smell of cherries and small red fruits, tobacco and coffee. In mouth its larghe, long lasting, really complex and structured. Great. Read More

    Wine review by Omariel


  • So amazingly beautiful. Some great wines in locations of beauty. Please tell me how I can get a case of your wine bottles for a wedding design on tables. Prefer empty by Will buy with wine. Strawberry moscata pineapple . Thank you for all your assistance.

    Comment by 2180704Snoother 2180704 2180704 Snoother 2180704


  • 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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