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.
Pieropan Soave Classico Superiore 2002Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
Stella Merlot 2002Merlot from Italy
Cecchi Chianti Classico 2002Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2002Other White Blends from Italy
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2002Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Le Volte Le Volte 2002Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Da Vinci Chianti Riserva 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Cecchi Spargolo 2002Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Antinori Orvieto Classico Campogrande 2002Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Castellovecchio 2002Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2002Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Fattoria Le Pupille Morellino Di Scansano 2002Other Red Wine from Tuscany, Italy
Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2002Barbera from Piedmont, ItalyCurrently Unavailable $14.99Try the 2018 Vintage 16 9914 9914 99Save $0.00 (0%)
Gabbiano Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Tuscany, Italy