Italian Wine Knowledge Base

With 605 grape varieties, and a huge number of wineries and brands to choose from, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by Italian wine. We’ve developed this “Italian Wine knowledge base” to help you learn interesting facts and discover quality wines that will also match your personal preferences. Our essential guides will help you to navigate the different grapes, wine styles and regions of Italy while our articles on food pairings will help you to plan the perfect dinner.

The Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine (with maps)

Italian Wine Map - Independent Wine Ltd

Our Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine gives an overview of Italian wine and answers key questions: how many Italian wines are there? what are the most important Italian red, white and sparkling wines? how exactly do quality levels (DOCG, DOC and IGT) work, and what’s the difference with DOP and IGP?

The Guide tells about Italy’s key wine-producing provinces, which wines are produced there, and what grapes are used.

We’ve also included typical tasting notes so you have some idea of what your wine might taste like, before you buy. Click here to read our Ultimate Guide.

Important Italian Wine Denominations and Production Statistics

Oleg, director of Independent Wine, and Paolo Demarie discussing positions of vineyards in Barolo

“Denomination” is how Italian wine type is identified on the label (“Asti DOCG” or ” Barbera d’Alba DOC”). You will find the most important Italian wines, organised by their respective regions (Piemonte, Veneto, Umbria, etc.). Click to learn more.

Read our guides to key Italian wines and territories:

Guide to Italian Food and Wine Pairing

Pan with hot pasta with meat sauce and a glass of red wine

Food and wine pairing is key to creating the perfect meal. In the restaurant industry this is usually handled by sommeliers. When you’re dining at home, it’s up to you to make the right choice – so we’ve created this “Guide to Italian Food and Wine Pairing”, full of practical tips.

You may also like our wine guides dedicated to particular types of food:

Wine Gifts: the Essential Guide

Bottles of wine in gift wrapping, Castello di Radda, box of wine and gift card

If your special someone has been dropping hints about which wine they want, or won’t stop talking about their favourite grapes and regions, it’s easy to choose the best wine gift. But what if you don’t know for sure? Or if you’re personally not really into wine and feel overwhelmed by all the different options?

Don’t worry. With our tips, you’ll be able to safely choose a high-quality wine that they’ll adore.

Practical Guides to Italian Wine Tourism