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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  • Mirabella Brut Rose Franciacorta

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    Plush strawberry and cherry aromas are lightly floral and touched by flaky puff pastry and delicate floral honey. Fresh spice and a creamy texture on the palate with gorgeous fruit flavors of cherry, strawberry and tart cranberry towards the finish, this displays great depth and full body with length and style. 93 pts Read More

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  • Ricci Curbastro Saten Brut Franciacorta 2013

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    Plush floral aromas of wildflower, baked pear and apple with mild yeast. Zesty and brightly fruited with searing acidity, tart and lemon driven fruit notes, touches of melon and cream, fresh orange and lime pith with a toasted finish thats light and crisp. Read More

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  • Majolini Brut Franciacorta 2014

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    Tart Meyer lemon and light toast, pastry dough and grapefruit on the nose. Creamy palate of fresh lemon cream and grapefruit zest, a bit of green apple, pear skins and warm spice, finishing with melon and butter notes. Read More

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  • Brancher Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Valdobbiadene 2017

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    Creamy vanilla and floral peach aromas with ripe apple notes on the nose. The palate is toasted and bready with some fruit notes of grapefruit and green apple, fresh spice, austere and earthy topnotes and a finish of dried stone fruit and toasted wood spices. Read More

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  • Mongarda Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Valdobbiadene

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    Fresh citrus and peach aromas, a bit light on the nose but carrying a touch of a green note. The palate has some complexity of flavors, fresh herbs, green apple, pear and lemon flavors mix with a medium plus acidity and a creamy textured mouthfeel, finishing with a bit more grassiness and fresh tangerine. Read More

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  • Bortolomiol Prior Prosecco Superiore Brut Valdobbiadene 2017

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    Stony and mineral notes with dried peach and apricot aromas, hints of citrus and some ripe melon. Dry and fresh palate or crisp citrus, tart acidity, lemon and lime flavors, with nice spice on the finish. Read More

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  • Malibran Cremadora Prosecco Col Fondo Valdobbiadene 2016

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    Creamy, toasted aromas of melon with some citrus pith. Intriguing flavors of dark toast and wood box, this is earthy and carries a lot of citrus from the mid palate through to the crisp finish. This is dry and earthy/dusty with lots of acidity and muted fruit. Read More

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  • Ville d'Arfanta Prosecco Superiore Brut Valdobbiadene 2017

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    Citrus zest and light straw aromas, a touch of lime and ocean salinity. Tart, zesty and refreshing with expansive bubbles, notes of grapefruit and lime zest, white pepper spice and a creamy, dried apricot note on the finish with a hint of beeswax. Clean and very dry. Read More

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  • La Farra Rive di Farra di Soligo Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry Valdobbiadene 2017

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    Generous aromatics of floral pear, apple and peach with light powdered sugar and a cold butter note. Balanced and full palate of tart lime and fresh green apple, classic citrus notes with a touch of tangerine and a bit of complexity throughout, mostly due to a warm toast spiking at times and imparting yeast and croissant baked notes with a finis... Read More

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  • Bosco di Gica Prosecco Superiore Brut Valdobbiadene NV

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    Nicely aromatic with clean floral aromas of green apple and peach. Crisp, clean and refreshing palate of lemon and lime with a full mouthfeel of sharp bubbles, edgy lines and fruit flavors of apple and grapefruit on the short finish. Read More

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