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.
Pio Cesare Il Bricco Barbaresco 2003Nebbiolo from Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy
Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2003Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Capannelle Chianti Classico Riserva 2003Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Teruzzi & Puthod Terre di Tufi 2003Other White Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore 2003Bordeaux Red Blends from Tuscany, Italy
Cecchi Orvieto 2003Other White Blends from Italy
Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc 2003Nebbiolo from Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Dal Forno Romano Valpolicella Superiore 2003Other Red Blends from Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy
Falesco Est! Est! Est! 2003Other White Blends from Italy
Livio Felluga Merlot 2003Merlot from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Cecchi Arcano Chianti Colli Senesi 2003Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d'Asti La Serra 2003Muscat from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo 2003Tuscan Blends from Tuscany, Italy
A. Mano Puglia Primitivo 2003Primitivo from Italy
Anselmi San Vincenzo 2003Other White Blends from Veneto, Italy
Bertani Secco-Bertani 2003Other Red Blends from Veneto, Italy
Ruffino Pinot Grigio 2003Pinot Gris/Grigio from Tuscany, Italy
Michele Chiarlo Le Orme Barbera d'Asti 2003Barbera from Asti, Piedmont, Italy
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2003Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2003Sangiovese from Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Tiefenbrunner Sauvignon Blanc 2003Sauvignon Blanc from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy