The background to Italian wine
Wine Laws
Wine regions
Grape varieties
Reading An Italian Wine Label
Zones and quality grades
Producers and vineyards
Style and quality
The Language Of Italy
The Essentials Of Italy

Riserva or vecchio describes wine that is DOC or DOCG and has been aged for longer period than most in cask or bottle or both. Superiore usually means the wine has a higher alcohol content (or a little extra ageing) than the standard DOC wine. Classico refers to a restricted zone, usually the heart of a wine area. Novello is a new wine (as in the French nouveau).

Secco means dry, abboccato describes gently sweet wine, amabile sweeter, and liquoroso a true dessert wine which is always fortified.

Frizzante wine is lightly sparkling, spumante is a true sparkling wine. If made by the secondary fermentation in bottle method it may be labelled metodo tradizionale or methodo classico.

Wine regions of the world.

History of wine
Choosing Wine
Keeping Wine
Serving Wine
Tasting Wine
Wine and Food
Making of Wine
Maturing Wine
Wine Terminology
Creating A Cellar
Facts And Fallacies
Wine Glossary
Reading Wine Label
Wine sellers register now
Log in to your inventory
Search Wine
Our Services