Welcome all wine lovers!
Thanks for visiting Italian Wine Tales. We love Italian wine and think you should too. Why? Because Italy has some of the most interesting, most thirst-quenching, and most deliciously beautiful grape juice in the world. They’ve only been making wine for about 4000 years, so it’s safe to say they know their way around a wine glass.
But the wine world can be intimidating, snobby, stuffy, and at worst, downright boring. Let’s take it back to basics and get you discovering (and drinking!) delicious, interesting Italian wines whether you’re abroad or traveling in Italy.
On this site you will find guides to Italy’s wine regions, Italian grapes, our top tips for wine tours when you’re here traveling, and advice on our favorite Italian wines to sip with confidence.
We want to help you discover all the best, most delicious parts of Italian wine. We want you to order with confidence when you’re visiting Rome, Florence, Venice, and beyond. We want you to visit amazing Italian wineries run by small producers and meet the people behind the product. Because you’ll feel so much more love and passion with these guys than you ever will at a big commercial winery.
You can learn more about us on our About page.
About Wine in Italy
The land of la dolce vita has over 350 grape varieties, which means a lifetime of sipping awaits! You can find well-known ‘international’ grapes in Italy like Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay but believe us – a whole world of other grapes exists here.
Wine in Italy is also connected to the land, the people who live (and have lived) here, the regional cuisine, and customs and traditions. It might sound naff, but when you drink a bottle of Italian wine, you’re not just drinking wine – you’re drinking the stories of the land it’s grown on!
We think you should drink what you like but generally speaking, Italy’s most established/famous wine regions are Piedmont, Tuscany, and Veneto. Some starting points for each Italian region are:
Piedmont: for red wine like the famous Barolo
Veneto: for Prosecco
Lombardy: for Franciacorta (Italy’s answer to Champagne!) and Pinot Noir
Valle d’Aosta: for red petit rouge or international whites like Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio
Trentino: for white wines like Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio
Emilia Romagna: red wine like Lambrusco or Sangiovese
Friuli Venezia Giulia: for whites like Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Merlot, or orange wine like Ribolla Gialla
Alto Adige: for white wine like Gewurztraminer, Muller Thurgau, or Chardonnay
Liguria: mineral white wines like Vermentino
Tuscany: for red wine like Chianti Classico (Sangiovese)
Umbria: white wine like Grechetto or red wine tannic Sagrantino
Marche: white wine like Verdicchio or red wine like Sangiovese
Abruzzo: white wine like Pecorino or red wine like Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Lazio: white wine like Trebbiano, Cesanese or Malvasia
Puglia: famous red Primitivo or rose Negroamaro
Basilicata: red Aglianico
Campania: red wine like Aglianico, or white Falanghina
Sicily: volcanic wines like red Nero d’Avola or white Grillo
Sardinia: white wine like Vermentino
Calabria: red Gaglioppo
Have fun exploring the website and discovering which wine suits you the most. Cin cin!