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.
Paolo Scavino Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata Riserva 2000Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2000Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, 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
Pio Cesare Barolo 2000Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Manzone Barolo Le Gramolere 2000Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Ornellaia Masseto 2000Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia (stained labels) 2000Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2000Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Danzante Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Italy
Mezzacorona Cabernet Sauvignon 2000Cabernet Sauvignon from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Antinori Tignanello 2000Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva 2000Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Tre Monti Thea Sangiovese 2000Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Antinori Orvieto Classico Campogrande 2000Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Sartori Pinot Grigio 2000Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Folonari Valpolicella 2000Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva 2000Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Altesino Rosso di Montalcino 2000Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
E. Pira e Figli Barolo Cannubi 2000Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Mezzacorona Merlot 2000Merlot from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Terrale Primitivo 2000Primitivo from Italy