Did someone say “vino?”

With a reputation as the world’s biggest producer and consumer of wine, Italy is the first place that comes to mind when someone says “vino.” It all started over 4,000 years ago when the Greeks named the country Oenotria, “the land of wine,” because of its grape-friendly climate. As Catholicism spread around the world with wine as a major part of religious services, Italy refined its winemaking, gaining a reputation for wine that could be enjoyed outside of church as well.

Italy has 20 different regions and approximately 400 different grape varietals. Sip your way from north to south with this quick guide to the country’s top regions.

Piedmont

The northern Italian region of Piedmont (or Piemonte) is near the Alps and produces over 50 types of wine plus the traditional Italian dishes that go with them. The region’s wines range from firm, dry, and youthful reds like Barbera, to Moscato, the floral white wine that bookends a meal as an aperitif or dessert wine, and even pairs well with spicy and tangy Asian dishes.

Tuscany

The name Tuscany conjures images of lovely rolling hills and an emphasis on quality over quantity in the vineyard. This region’s wine history stretches back to the 8th century B.C. While complex and herbaceous white Vermentino is a connoisseur favorite, Tuscany is best known for hearty red wines like Chianti, that are made with Sangiovese grapes.

Abruzzo

East of Rome, and stretching to the Adriatic Sea, Abruzzo is a mountainous and largely undeveloped section of Italy. Its vineyards’ most popular exports are fresh Trebbiano white wines and Montepulciano, a hearty, rich, and almost saucy red wine that that will add a sense of warmth to any wintry meal.

Puglia

If a map of Italy is shaped like a boot, Puglia is its heel. With the sea on three sides, this narrow stretch of land benefits from persistent sunshine and cooling ocean breezes, which create a climate that nurtures rich olives and tomatoes and the wine grapes that go with them. Puglia mainly produces red wines like Primitivo, American Zinfandel’s bright and jammy cousin.

Sicily

Constant sun and reliable rainfall have long made Sicily a hub of Italian winemaking, but this Mediterranean island is not stuck in the past. The Terre Siciliane region is buzzing with exciting new wineries, producing innovative takes on Italian favorites like Pinot Grigio and Sicily’s signature red: bright and bold Nero d’Avola.

Sip and savor our top Italian wines

Start boiling water for pasta and uncork any of these top Italian selections from our cellar.



2016 Cantus Chianti D.O.C.G.

$12.99

Chianti, the quintessential Italian red, has a plush feel, intense notes of red berries, and a hint of smoke. Enjoy this classic Chianti with a hearty meal.

Enjoy this wine with: pasta marinara, lamb, meatballs



2011 Cala De' Poeti Maremma Toscana I.G.T.

$15.99

Dry and complex red with intense notes of cherry, blackberry, and violet, and a Platinum Medal-winning heritage

Enjoy this wine with: steak, salami, pappa al pomodoro



Abbazia Moscato Vino Dolce I.G.T.

$12.99

Sweet, spritzy, and beautifully floral northern Italian white with a 93-point Gold Medal

Enjoy this wine with: desserts, Chinese dishes, creamy cheeses



2016 Bertoli Vermentino I.G.T.

$13.99

Fresh, light-bodied Italian white with notes of peaches and herbs

Enjoy this wine with: crab, orzo, eggplant