Learn about Italian wine, common tasting notes, where the region is and more ...
Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from red, white and sparkling wines. Wine grapes grow in every region throughout Italy—a long and narrow boot-shaped peninsula extending into the Mediterranean.
Italian Wine Regions
Naturally, most Italian wine regions enjoy a Mediterranean climate and a notable coastline, if not coastline on all borders, as is the case with the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. The Alps in the northern regions of Valle d'Aosta, Lombardy and Alto Adige create favorable conditions for cool-climate grape varieties. The Apennine Mountains, extending from Liguria in the north to Calabria in the south, affect climate, grape variety and harvest periods throughout. Considering the variable terrain and conditions, it is still safe to say that most high quality viticulture in Italy takes place on picturesque hillsides.
Italian Grape Varieties
Italy boasts more indigenous grape varieties than any other country—between 500 and 800, depending on whom you ask—and most Italian wine production relies upon these native grapes. In some regions, international varieties have worked their way in, but are declining in popularity, especially as younger growers take interest in reviving local varieties. Most important are Sangiovese, reaching its greatest potential in Tuscany, as well as Nebbiolo, the prized grape of Piedmont, producing single varietal, age-worthy Piedmontese wines. Other important varieties include Corvina, Montepulciano, Barbera, Nero d’Avola and of course the white wines, Trebbiano, Verdicchio and Garganega. The list goes on.
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (wine stained label) 1994Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
Neirano Barbera D'Asti 1994Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Fattorie Melini Coltri Vineyard 1 1994Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Taurino Patriglione 1994Other Red Blends from Italy
Boscaini Santo Stefano 1994Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Dievole Chianti Classico Riserva 1994Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Aldo Conterno Bussia Soprana Barolo 1994Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Lungarotti VinoSanto 1994Other White Blends from Italy
Bolla Creso 1994Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Rotari Riserva Brut 1994Vintage Sparkling Wine from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Righetti Amarone 1994Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Castello Vicchiomaggio Chianti Classico Reserve Petri 1994Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva Oro 1994Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Cecchi Villa Cerna Chianti 1994Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Belnero Pinot Nero 1994Pinot Noir from Tuscany, Italy
Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 1994Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Tiefenbrunner Cabernet Sauvignon Linticlarus 1994Cabernet Sauvignon from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Castellare Vin Santo 1994Other Dessert from Tuscany, Italy
Bollini Reserve Merlot 1994Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico Riserva 1994Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Bruno Giacosa Spumante Extra Brut 1994Vintage Sparkling Wine from Piedmont, Italy
Michele Chiarlo Barolo 1994Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy