Learn about Italian red and white wine, regions and more ...
Named “Oenotria” by the ancient Greeks for its abundance of grapevines, Italy has always had a culture virtually inextricable from 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.
Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Castellovecchio 2002Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Moroder Rosso Conero 2002Other Red Blends from 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 2017 Vintage 14 9914 9914 99Save $0.00 (0%)
Lungarotti Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
Farnese Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2002Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Barone Fini Valdadige Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
Banfi Le Rime Pinot Grigio Chardonnay 2002Other White Blends from Veneto, Italy
Tiziano Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Villa Diana Montepulciano DAbruzzo 2002Montepulciano from Abruzzo, Italy
Scarlatta Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Piedmont, Italy
Corvo Rosso 2002Other Red Blends from Italy
Colonnara Lyricus Rosso Piceno DOC 2002Other Red Blends from Italy
Bottega Vinaia Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
MezzaCorona Cabernet Sauvignon 2002Cabernet Sauvignon from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Frescobaldi Castiglioni 2002Tuscan Blends from Italy
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico 2002Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy