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...

  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

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

  • 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

  • Castello di Monsanto

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

  • Bolla

    Like all great legacies, the story of Bolla wines begins simply enough with one man, Abele Bolla....

  • G.D. Vajra

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

  • Feudi di San Gregorio

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

  • MASI

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

  • San Silvestro

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

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  • Tralcio Antico Morellino di Scansano 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine from a little shop near the hotel I stayed in when ... ... my nephew's wedding in Italy back in the summer. I beleive Tralcio Antico to be some sort of brand name because I have seen it on a number of Italian wines but the back label of this bottle indicates that it was actually produced by the Piccini company. Mor... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Nulaslim Garcinia $one hundred,0zerozero divided by 250 buying and selling days ... ... to decline in 1977. In Italy the 40-hour rule applies: Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 18:zerozero, with a one-hour break for lunch. In Islam , Friday is that the weekly day of prayer the place Jumu'ah prayers take place. At present, several of those internation... Read More

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  • Interesting wine... owned by the French, made in Italy in a region where French, Italian and certain Arpitan dialects (Provencal would be the closest to the speech here) are spoken.  This region is quite high in elevation, so more continental.  You are close to Mont Blanc in this valley.  I have never visited, but it sounds intriguing - like the... Read More

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  • Azienda Vitivinicola Santa Clelia Rigore Erbaluce di Caluso Spumante Brut 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Santa Clelia Essenthia Non Filtrato Erbaluce di Caluso 2017


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Il Conte d'Alba Stella Rosa Red


    Crisp, sweet, almost red-apple flavour that gives a berry blast to any appetizer. Not overly sweet like a dessert wine and wet to finish. No dryness, bitterness, or woody tastes. Having Stella Rosa wines before, I knew not to expect a lot of alcohol nor the edge that comes with it, but is still an enjoyable treat. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • Soave Classico Pieropan 2014


    The 2014 Pieropan Soave Classico at 5 years is amazingly sound and complex; the colour is medium yellow and the nose has elements of lemon and acidic white berries (gooseberry) with a hint of field mushroom. No ordinary Soave, this wine is spicy with a smooth, slightly neutral, light finish. A serious Soave indeed to last this long in the bott... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • KSX Male Enhancement Austria, Italy, Russia, and Spain were additionally building KSX Male Enhancement. Using KSX Male Enhancement by each side in the American Civil Warfare, and therefore the conflict of the Italian and Austrian fleets on the Battle of Lissa , had an important affect on the event of KSX Male Enhancement style. So the first step... Read More

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  • Villa Sandi Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2017


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • The explanation for the surplus (Mary Jane and beer) might be close, though one ... DV?  Actually, I love Italy but the kitsch of tasting rooms of this ilk might make me remark to my wife as we drive by... "must have missed the turn-off!"...LOL Read More

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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.

    Comment by 345240Lagnaf59 345240 Lagnaf59

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

    Comment by 320126negrodelmar 320126 negrodelmar

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

    Comment by 33170Lola1988 33170 Lola1988

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

    Comment by 313021dicer 313021 dicer

  • 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!

    Comment by 258078jabrn67 258078 jabrn67

  • 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.

    Comment by 215341Grape Friend 215341 Grape Friend

  • 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.

    Comment by 130563vino83 130563 vino83

  • 2004 Brunello di Montalcino PRESALE The 2004 Brunello di Montalcino, tasted from tank, could not be more different than the 2003 in its personality and sheer class. This vibrant, aromatic Brunello possesses terrific length in its perfumed fruit with ripe, sweet tannins that are beautif...

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