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

  • Sangiovese

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Barbera

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

  • 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...

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

  • Dezzani

    Dezzani company has taken the path drawn by the first generation. Luigi. Franca and Giovanni, the...

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Pescevino

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

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • Villa Jolanda

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

  • San Silvestro

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

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Italy on Snooth

  • Doppio Passo Primitivo Salento Italy 2017

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    a very smooth, direct & spirited primitive variety. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Astoria Arzanà Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG Superiore di Cartizze Dry NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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  • Scala Ciro Rosso Classico Superiore Azienda Agricola Dott. Antonio Scala 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Petra Hebo Toscana 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the www.cellartrade.co.uk website for £10.It ... £10.It is from Tuscany in Italy but comes under the IGT designation as it does not conform to the appellation rules.It consists of a blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon,30% sangiovese and 20% merlot and was aged in oak barrels for 10 months.It is what is known as a '... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Jack - there was a guy named Mark Shannon who was making Primitivo in Italy - A-Mano he called it. Was a decent inexpensive wine. There are a few that are pretty good but there seem to be more really high-priced Zins around than high-priced Primitivos. They can be similar but it really depends on the wine maker and more importantly, the site. I ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current interesting wine topics


  • I think that's true. There's a lot of new money getting into the wine ... ... good wine from France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal that's quite satisfying and less than $20 and I just can't do that in the US. That market is dominated by the big corporations putting out product that's standardized and built to spec.If you're going over $20... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Jammy


  • Primitivo is very similar, actually... and as you probably know, Jack, it is ... ... Cali Zin, or a wine from Italy (Apulia - the home of Salice Salento).  I think you will see close connections there - but you may prefer the purity of the American example; our soils are much better in terms of nutrient (if chosen properly, of course).Have fun! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Current interesting wine topics


  • Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia Salina IGT 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Paucca Lacrima di Morro d'Alba Superiore Azienda Agricola F.lli Badiali 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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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