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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • San Silvestro

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

  • Gaetano D'Aquino

    Gaetano D’Aquino is a brand of imported Italian wines based out of California. The label is nam...

  • Voga

    Voga is an Italian wine brand in the under $10 range with unique bottle shapes reminiscent of p...

  • 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...

  • Mezzacorona

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

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  • Luccio Pinot Grigio 2005

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    Wine review by marymarchell


  • Bio Masso Antico Passerina Terre di Chieti IGT 2017

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Valdo Marca Oro Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG NV

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    The Valdo Superiore Valdobbiadene NV is similar to previous editions; the effervescence is strong and persistent, with a gentle aroma of pear and icing sugar. On the palate, the wine is quite neutral - as expected, and as it should (mostly) be, with soft almond nuttiness and peach mixed together in a convivial manner. This is good value, high q... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo 2015

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    Here we have sweet Italian cherries on the nose with a liberal dose of vanilla, and entry has soft tannin (indicating an optimal shelf-life of maybe another 5 years) but more cherry and, indeed, cranberry fruit; the finish has that trademark pucker of the vine from whence it comes, but is smoother than Barbaresco of the same age; if you have bou... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2014

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    The Produttori del Barbaresco 2014 is as expected: cherries and cranberries on the nose with considerable acidity (partially due to the ordinary vintage in 2014) and medium tannin (this is, of course 100% Nebbiolo, but slightly lighter in style than Barolo, but most of you already know that well); Flavor is intense with heavy tannin (oak) ceilin... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Terre Cevico Romagna Cagnina Dolce 2017

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Riunite Raspberry Riunite Raspberry

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    Sweet wet after dinner wine that has a slight scent of raspberry and a whole lot of raspberry flavour. Good balance, not overly candy sweet (like DeKuyper's Razzmatazz) and only a hit of tart bite. A bit light on alcohol flavour, this is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for sangria sippers and fruit cocktail consumers. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis


  • Masi Corvina Blend Veronese IGT Campofiorin 2015

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    These Valpolicella wines of Verona have an inviting perfume (nose) of medicinally scented fresh vines. Otherwise, the Corvina (note reference to the Corvids) grape is strongly endowed with bitter cherry (very home-spun in profile) and little else. Good outdoor picnic fare, if that's what you seek. 85. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Monzio Compagnoni Brut Franciacorta 2010

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    Smoky citrus aromas, ever so slightly honeyed on the nose with a pleasant floral note and some green apple, peach and lemon underneath the toast. Smooth and creamy palate with pleasant citrus fruit notes of orange and grapefruit, tart acidity and dark toast, finishing bready with biscuit notes and fresh peach fruit. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Villa Emozione Brut Franciacorta 2013

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    Dark toast and biscuit aromas with an oaty, buttered note with crisp fruit notes of lemon and grapefruit. Lively and tart on the palate with searing acidity, fresh citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerine, melon rind and more smoky toasted notes of wheat and barley, finishing with more tart acidity and puckering citrus pith. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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