“Vite en Vino”, the life in the wine. Pinot Grigio,  Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino, Cabernet and others are the essence of wine as we know it. Learn about the different varietals and how they affect the flavor and body of your favorite wines.

pinotgrigio_jpgPinot Grigio – Probably the most popular Italian varietal. Its grapes are pinkish-grey and yield a wine golden color unless prolonged contact with the skins is allowed thereby producing a copper-colored Ramato.

barbera_jpgBarbera – This variety is found in almost all of Italy’s regions, but mostly in Piedmont and Lombardia. If well made, it produces a full-bodied red wine with firm tannins and firm rich acidity.

chardonnay_jpgChardonnay – is a varietal found the world over. In Italy, it runs the gamit from light and fruity to rich and full-bodied as well as being the principle grape in most Italian Sparkling wines.

malvasia_jpgMalvasia – The Malvasia family is quite vast. Encompassing reds as well as whites, dry or sweet, both sharing delicate aromas as do the wines of Lazio.

corvina_jpgCorvina – One of the principle varietals that gives life to Valpolicella, Amorane and other interesting Veronese reds. Corvina is an intense ruby red with good tannins and rich fruit.

pinotbianco_jpgPinot Bianco – Originating in Germany, this “white” pinot grows predominantly in Lombardia, Veneto, Friuli, Trentino and Alto Adige. A wine of softness and good structure, it makes an excellent base for Spumante.

vernaccia_jpgVernaccia – Derived from the Latin “Vernacular” its cultivated in Tuscany’s San Gimignano as well as Sardegua’s Val Di Tirso. This dry white possesses good structure and is well suited to ageing.

riesling_jpgReisling – One of the most noble white grapes, Reisling is a very diverse varietal. Those produced in the “Oriental Arch” are whites of great finesse while in Oltrepo Pavese they form the basis for Spumante.

sangiovese_jpgSangiovese – The most important varietal in central Italy, it is the basis for Chiante, Brunello and countless others. This ruby-colored gem possesses aromas of red fruit, good structure and most suitable for ageing.

merlotMerlot – A traditional compliment to Cabernet sauvignon, it is also vinified alone for either quaffable young reds or wines of depth and elegance suitable for ageing.

verdicchioVerdicchio – Indigenous to Marche, it produces a wine that is straw colored with hints of green and rose. On the palate it is dry and refreshing.

dolcettoDolcetto – One of the most important varietals of the Piedmont, the land of its birth, it gives us a wine ruby red in color with aromas of soft fruit yet, contrary to its name, quite dry.

cabernet_jpgCabernet Sauvignon – Known for producing great wines the world over, its cultivated all over Italy, producing optimum results. To the nose it can be green and slightly herbaceous, while on the palate it posses mouth-filling tannins and exceptional structure.

prosecco_jpgProsecco – Cultivated all over the Veneto, especially Trevignano, it renders a sparkling wine with delicate aromas of apple and mysteria.

montepulciano_jpgMontepulciano – A varietal indigenous to central-sothern Italy, particularly Abruzzi. It gives life to reds of deep color and structure as well as fragrant rose’s.

vernaccia_jpgPinot Nero – Originating in Borqouque, it is a varietal difficult to cultivate yet renders a wine of great elegance. When combined with whites it serves as an excellent base for Spumanti.

inzoliaInzolia  – The basis for Marsala as well as Sicil’s most important whites, this dry white wine shows delicate fruit and good structure.

traminerTraminer – Known in Alto Adige and Friuli as Gewurtztraminer, it is a fresh, elegant white rich in fragrance.

tocaiTocai – Indigenous to Veneto and Frioli, Tocai is straw-colored with a floralnose hinting of bitter almonds. In the month it is dry and flavorful, possessing goods structures.

sauvignonbiancoSauvignon Blanc – Originating in France, this varietal has gained wide-spread popularity in Italy. It produces a wine of elegance, structure and softness with an herbacious, musky nose.

schiavaSchiava – indigenous to Trentino and Alto Adiqe it exists in many varieties producing a wine of rich, ruby color and intense perfume that is soft and pleasent to drink…

vernaccia_jpgVermentino – Probably originating in Spain, in Liquria, Sardeqna and Tuscany. Best consumed young, it is a delicate and refreshing white.

pinot-neroPinot Nero – Originating in Borqouque, it is a varietal difficult to cultivate yet renders a wine of great elegance. When combined with whites it serves as an excellent base for Spumanti.

moscatoMoscato – one of the oldest and most esteemed varietals the world over. Most famous in Asti, it produces a rich, sweet dessert wine as well as Spumante.

trebbianoTrebbiano – the principle varietal in many wines. From Veneto’s Bianco Di Custora to Lazio’s Frascati, all share its’ refreshing, fruity nature.

negroamanoNegroamaro – of Grecian origin, this red is one of the most important varietals of the South, especially Puglia.Relagated to a blending role, it is just now gainingpopularity on its own. The best wines based on Negroamaro are rich in color, often very robust but with smooth tannins. They have a slightly bittertaste and a complex perfumes which often remindone of prunes, tobacco and roasted coffee.