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.
Feudo Monaci Salice Salentino 2002Negroamaro from Italy
Cornaro Cabernet Veneto 2002Cabernet Sauvignon from Veneto, Italy
Tollo Sangiovese Villa Diana 2002Sangiovese from Italy
Cornaro Chardonnay Veneto 2002Chardonnay from Veneto, Italy
Toscolo Chianti DOCG 2002Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Fabiano Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
Gabbiano Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Tuscany, Italy
Spadina Nero d'Avola 2002Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
Bolla Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Zonin Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Bortoluzzi Isonzo del Friuli Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Cielo Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Veneto, Italy
Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2002Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Folonari Chardonnay 2002Chardonnay from Italy
Feudi Di San Marzano Primitivo Luccarelli 2002Primitivo from Italy
Folonari Pinot Grigio-Sauvignon Blanc 2002Other White Blends from Veneto, Italy
Boscaini La Cros Pinot Grigio 2002Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy