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 wine. 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.
Aldo Conterno Barolo Granbussia Riserva 2000Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Tenuta Luce Luce 2000Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Fontodi Syrah Case Via 2000Syrah/Shiraz from Italy
Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo 2000Greco from Italy
La Palazzola Rubino 2000Bordeaux Red Blends from Italy
Lanari Rosso Conero Fibbio 2000Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Fattorie Melini Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Ca' del Bosco Curtefranca Rosso 2000Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
Tre Monti Thea Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Ecco Domani Chianti 2000Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Campanile Pinot Grigio 2000Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
MezzaCorona Merlot 2000Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2000Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Gaiun Martinenga 2000Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2000Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Danzante Pinot Grigio 2000Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2000Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio Maso Canali 2000Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy