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 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.
Vietti Barbera d'Asti La Crena 2003Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Elio Altare La Villa Vino da Tavola 2003Other Red Blends from Piedmont, Italy
Quorum Barbera d'Asti 2003Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Marchesi di Barolo Barbera d'Alba Ruvei 2003Barbera from Alba, Piedmont, Italy
La Calonica Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2003Sangiovese from Tuscany, Italy
Salicutti Brunello di Montalcino Piaggione 2003Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Bertani Villa Novare Valpolicella 2003Other Red Wine from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Marchesi di Barolo Maraia Barbera di Monferrato 2003Barbera from Piedmont, Italy
Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2003Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina Sannio 2003Falanghina from Italy
Tiziano Chianti 2003Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico 2003Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Lungarotti Pinot Grigio 2003Pinot Gris/Grigio from Italy
Paneretta Chianti Classico Riserva Torre a Destra 2003Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Bonny Doon Il Circo Il Domatore di Leoni Montepulciano 2003Other Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Zenato Lugana 2003Other White Blends from Veneto, Italy
Scarlatta Pinot Grigio 2003Pinot Gris/Grigio from Piedmont, Italy
Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d'Asti (375ML half-bottle) 2003Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio Maso Canali 2003Pinot Gris/Grigio from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Ognissole Primitivo di Manduria 2003Primitivo from Italy