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.
Tua Rita Redigaffi Toscana 2002Merlot from Tuscany, Italy
Cecchi Chianti Classico 2002Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Mazzei Fonterutoli Chianti Classico 2002Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Feudi Di San Marzano Primitivo Luccarelli 2002Primitivo from Italy
Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia 2002Bordeaux Red Blends from Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
Pieropan Soave Classico Superiore 2002Garganega from Soave, Veneto, Italy
Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2002Other White Blends from Italy
Ruffino Orvieto Classico 2002Other White Blends from Italy
Ecco Domani Chianti 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2002Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 2002Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Antinori Castello della Sala Cervaro 2002Chardonnay from Umbria, Italy
Prunotto Dolcetto d'Alba 2002Dolcetto from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
Damilano Barolo Cannubi 2002Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Le Volte Le Volte 2002Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Banfi Rosso di Montalcino 2002Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2002Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Lungarotti Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
Bottega Vinaia Lagrein 2002Lagrein from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy