Our Wineries

Italy's 20 wine regions correspond to the 20 administrative regions. Understanding of Italian wine becomes clearer with an understanding of the differences between each region; their cuisines reflect their indigenous wines, and vice-versa. The 36 DOCG wines are located in 13 different regions but most of them are concentrated in Piedmont and Tuscany.

Click on a region of Italy to learn about it and our available wines from that region.

Abruzzo

Abruzzo is known for it quality olive oil,saffron, and pasta. However the Montepulciano d' Abruzzo wine is what is best known for. To increase quality a few wineries have decreased crop yields and have aged the wines in barriques (a 50 gallon french barrel). We have obtained a Montepulciano d' Abruzzo for one of these producers, Cantina Miglianico in the province of Chieti.

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Tuscany Wineries Carpineta Fontalpino

Basilicata

Basilicata, also known as Lucania, is an often neglected region of arid hills and desolate mountains that can be bitterly cold for a southerly place. But the cool upland climate has its advantages for viticulture, in wines that can show enviable aromas and flavors.

Basilicata has only one DOC in Aglianico del Vulture, but that, at least, gives the inhabitants a source of pride. One of southern Italy's finest red wines, it is gradually gaining admirers elsewhere.

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Calabria

The cuisine is a typical southern Italian Mediterranean cuisine with a balance between meat-based dishes, vegetables, and fish. Pasta is also very important in Calabria. As a result of potential crop failures, in this region there is a tradition of packing vegetables and meats in olive oil, making sausages and cold cuts.

Although Calabrian wines are not well known outside Italy, in ancient times Calabria was referred to as Enotria (from Ancient Greek Οἰνωτρία - Oenotria, "land of wine").3% of the total annual production qualifies as DOC. Important grape varieties are the red Gaglioppo, and white Greco. Many producers are resurrecting local, ancient grape varieties which have been around for as long as 3000 years.

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Calabria

Campania

The Region of Campania is home to Naples, the Amalfi coast, and Mt. Vesuvius. It has rich volcanic soil and a climate in the hills a few miles inland that is ideal for growing grapes.It is home to ancient grape varieties ; Aglianico, Fiano di Avellino and Greco di Tufo. These wines are not familiar to most people in the United States. However,they have been grown in Campania for thousands of years.

The wines of Campania are being discovered by the world all over again. These are truly world class wines.

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Campania

Emilia–Romagna

Emilia–Romagna is an administrative region of Northern Italy comprising the two historic regions of Emilia and Romagna.Today it is considered one of the richest and most developed regions in Europe having the 3rd highest GDP per capita in Italy. When it comes to regional wines, an exhaustive list of the most important should include Sangiovese, Lambrusco, Cagnina di Romagna, Colli Piacentini, Trebbiano.

Wineries

Emilia–Romagna Region: Cantina Cleto Chiarli

Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region

Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine (or Friuli wine) is wine made in the northeastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Once part of the Venetian Republic and with sections under the influence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire for some time, The wines of the region have noticeable Slavic and Germanic influences.

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Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region: Blason Winery

Lombardy

Lombardy is one of the most oenologically dynamic regions of Northern Italy. Lombardy is the most well to do region of Italy. Its capital,Milan,is the center of the world's fashion industry. Milan is also the home to its renowned State University of Agriculture,whose influence is felt in every aspect of Italian viticulture. The university being just around the corner has helped Lombardy be a leader in quality wine production.

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Lombardy

Lazio

Rome's region is linked to white wine, though Horace praised the Falernian and Caecuban reds. The Latium region produces mostly whites, but a few of the reds draw serious interest.

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Lazio

Marche

Acncona is the administrative center of the Marches, whose provinces include Ascoli Piceno, Macerata, and Pesaro-Urbins. The region ranks 15th in size at 9,694 square kilometers and 13th in population at 1,455,000.

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Marche: Aurora Winery

Molise

The second smallest of the regions. It was formerly (until 1963) part of the region of Abruzzi e Molise (with Abruzzo) and now a separate entity. The region covers 4,438 km and the second smallest of the regions. It was formerly (until 1963) part of the region of Abruzzi e Molise (with Abruzzo) and now a separate entity. Grapes grown are mostly Montepulciano d Abruzzo and Trebbiano di Abruzzo. Molsie's lone indigenious grape is Tintilla.

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Molise Region: Catabbo Winery

Piedmont

Piedmont is Italy's western most region and borders Switzerland and France at the Alps. Piedmont literally translates to foot of the mountain Vineyards are planted on the hills not the plains and are harvested with some of the lowest yields in Italy. Its wines can be likened to the wines of Burgundy France. Piedmont is known for it small high quality wineries, somewhat like Burgundy only more consistent from producer to producer. The average vineyard is 2.5 acres per owner. Piedmmont grows more different varieties of grapes and therefore makes more different wines than Burgundy.

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Piedmont Wineries Collina Serragrilli

Puglia

The region Apulia or Puglia, is the heel of the Italian boot. The northern terrain is rolling to hilly, the south consist of a flat peninsula quite hot but moderated by breezes from the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Bari is the capital. Other provinces include Brindisi, Foggia,and Tranto. Puglia has become noticed recently as attention has gone to the South to historical varieties and good values. We have some excellent wines from Puglia!

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Sardinia

Sardinia is an agricultural community, the small island is secluded. With high influences from Spain as much as Italy, the grapes of the region hail from both countries. The most popular and most planted variety is Cannonau (otherwise known as Grenache). It produced delicious and often ageable reds that are both dry and sweet, although more commonly dry. Carignano (Carignan) and Giro are other red varieties grown here. For whites, Vernaccia (not the same grape as found in other parts of Italy) di Oristano produces a dry, sherry-like wine, while crisp, dry whites are most often made from the Vermentino grape and found in the northern regions of Sardinia. Some wineries, like Sella & Mosca, are also growing international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These grapes can be bottled as single varietals or blended with local varieties, like Cannonau.

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Sardinia

Sicily

Sicily is Italy's and the Mediterranean's largest island. Sicily is Italy's region with the largest number of vineyards. Sicily's latitude , exposure and microclimate are not far different than those of the Napa Valley...but Sicily's winemaking tradition goes back a while longer. In fact,traces of its oenological history can be found on artifacts dated centuries before Christ in the Magnna Grecia era.

Wine Producing areas include: Pachino,Palermo,Trapani,Arigento and the Islands of Pantelleria and Liapri. Popular grape varietals are: Nero d' Avola, Perriccone, Inzolia, Cataratto Bianco and Moscato as well as international varieties like Chardonnay and Cabernet.

Sicily is being noticed by the successful wineries in the North of Italy and by the world for its renaissance in wine quality. Its high quality unique wines are being sought after by the world.

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Sicily Wineries

Trentino Alto-Adige

Alto-Adidge is the Italian Alps. It streches from Veneto to Switzerland and Austria. The region,s vineyards extend over the plains and hills surrounding the Isarco Valley and the Adidge River, whose valley is the corridor to Germany.The region is walled in by the Phaetian Alps and the Dolomites.

Grape growing goes back before Roman times.Roman historian,Pliny the Elder writes references to the area. The Region is known for quality wines. The people speak German and Italian. The area of South Tyrol was once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The area is familiar to skiers who will recognize the name Tyrolian.

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Trentino Alto-Adige

Tuscany

Tuscany is probably the best known region in Italy when wine is considered. It's the home of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Tuscany was the granary for Caesars legions,the birthplace of the renaissance, and the destination of many English writers. Tuscan winemakers have lead a renasissance in Italian winemaking during the last few decades, the old rules had to change to accommodate their better wines.

Tuscany also produces Olive Oil that many consider the world's best.

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Umbria

Umbrian agriculture is noted for, olive oil, tobacco and its vineyards which produce excellent wines. Regional varietals include the white Orvieto, which draws agri-tourists to the vineyards in the area surrounding the medieval town of the same name. Other noted wines produced in Umbria are Torgiano and Rosso di Montefalco. Another typical Umbrian product is the black truffle found in Valnerina, an area that produces 45% of this product in Italy.

Veneto

Veneto is in the Northeast of Italy. It streches from Verona to Austria in the north and to its Capital Venice on the Adriatic coast.

Valpolicella is a province of Veneto.It is known for Amarone, Valpolicella and Soave wines.

West of Verona is Lake Guarda and on the south shore is a great Sparkling wine area.

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Region of Veneto: Giuseppe Campagnola Winery