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.
Villa Cafaggio Cortaccio 1999Cabernet Sauvignon from Tuscany, Italy
Tenimenti Luigi d'Alessandro Syrah Cortona Il Bosco 1999Syrah/Shiraz from Italy
La Poderina Brunello 1999Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Cecchi Val Delle Rose Morellino di Scansano 1999Other Red Wine from Tuscany, Italy
Ornellaia Masseto 1999Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
Terrale Chardonnay 1999Chardonnay from Italy
Rocca delle Macie Ser Gioveto 1999Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Poggio alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino 1999Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Hastae Barbera d'Asti Quorum 1999Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Bolla Bardolino 1999Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio Chardonnay 1999Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Masi Modello delle Venezie 1999Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 1999Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Albola Pinot Grigio 1999Pinot Gris/Grigio from Tuscany, Italy
Santadi Cala Silente Vermentino 1999Vermentino from Italy
Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio 1999Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Castello di Monastero Sangiovese 1999Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Cecchi Chianti Classico 1999Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Castello di Monsanto Tinscvil Rosso Toscano 1999Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy