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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • MASI

    The Boscaini family have been the owners of the Masi vineyards for six generations. Sandro Boscai...

  • Voga

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

  • Mezzacorona

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

    Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly acclai...

  • San Silvestro

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

  • Tommasi

    Tommasi Viticoltori(Tommasi vintners) is a family viticulture firm founded in 1902. It is situat...

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  • Mazzei Tenuta Belguardo Bronzone Morellino di Scansano Riserva 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Grifone Primitivo 2016

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    Gift on our July 7, 2019 deck party. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • I went to Italy at the weekend as one of my nephews decided to get married to an Italian girl. The ceremony was in her home town of Massa on the coast of Tuscany. It was a lovely ocasion and I got to stay in a nice hotel,a really old building with lots of marble.Their breakfasts were unusual. I expected bread,jam and croissants. which there were... Read More

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  • Guicciardini Strozzi Sodole 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2013

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    Lightest cherry colour. Slight bricking. Scent is very Brunello-Sangiovese, with dried Maraschino cherry and cedar bark prominent. Entry is velvet smooth - with a hint of vanilla (oak) but only a hint of tannin on the finish. Surprisingly mature. Less powerful than anticipated, but it has been a while between bottles. Excellent value, though, wi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti le Orme 2016

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    Attractive dark purple in the glass. Fairly fruity nose. Not too heavy hit of mixed berries on the tip of the tongue.A surprisingly silky mouthfeel, Not the biggest wine in the world, but more full-bodied than I expected. Light, but noticeable, and appreciated, acid. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


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  • Being born and raised in Roma, Italia I am partial to Italian Wines...of course there's a special in my heart! But I do love nebbiola grape from Piemonte..any Barolo will do.

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  • Italy is beautiful country where u have everythings you need to live.

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  • filu e ferru spirits like a grappa from italy anyone sell this?

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  • just enjoying a lovely smooth Amarone on a Saturday night. Such a delight.

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  • I would love to start sampling some Italian wines but there's so many regions I don't know where to start! Any good recs? My tastes now are zin, syrah, sangiovese, pinot noir, and some whites. Thanks!

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  • Hi All; just had a glass (or two) of a cracking wine from Puglia. I'm new to this can anyone point me in the right direction to write a review of this wine.

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  • If anyone has had a Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 please add a review. This is one of my favorites, but to the wine's favor I was drinking it at the tasting room in Brolio when consuming and was rather new to wine drinking. I'd love to hear how some others have perceived this one.

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