Italian Wine Glossary
Italian Wine Glossary
Here is a whole bunch of Italian wine terminology and wine terminology in general to help you understand the complex world of wines. I know I’m learning quite a bit.
- Lightly sweet, Semi-dry.
- A vinegar like taste.
- Wines that contain acids.
- Semi-sweet wines usually referencing sparkling wines.
- The wine’s vintage year.
- French system regulating authenticity.
- Totally dry.
- High in tannin.
- A winery which also produces other products besides the grapes used under it’s label.
- A relative degree of fruity quality, acidity, tannins and alcohol.
- White wine.
- Barrel or cask.
- Small cask.
- Complex aromas.
- Refers to the top of the hill Piedmontese dialect and is used to indicate particularly prestigious vineyards.
- Dry sparkling wine.
- Winery or cellars.
- A cooperative winery.
A wine merchant whose wines come from mainly purchased grapes.
- Farmhouse used for estate wines.
Cherry hued rose wines.
- Deep rose wines.
- The limited area within the confines of a particular D.O.C. zone.
- Prunish flavor.
- Opposite of sweet.
- A wine library.
- A town with its own production facility.
- Natural fermentation.
- Straw cased bottle used by Chianti producers. Frizzante
Frutta di bosco
- Fruits of the forest such as blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.
- Wine made from unripe grages.
- The percentage of alcohol in a wine.
- Wines with a slight hint of honey flavor.
Imbottigliata dal Produttore All‘orgin
- Bottled by the producer at the source.
Imbottigliata dalla Cantina Sociale
- Bottled by a cooperative winery.
- Aged wine.
- The lingering aftertaste of the wine.
- A strong wine sometimes fortified.
- Oxidized with a brownish color and stale oder.
- A vineyard or estate
- A farm or estate
Metodo Classico or Tradizionale
- A term used in making sparkling wine.
- a vintage for sparkling wine.
- A classification of grapes that produceCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Reisling.
- A nutlike aroma.
- An aroma from aged oak casks
- Spoiled form too much air.
- Wines mad from partially dried grapes.
- A small wine estate of farm.
- Wines made from dried grapes in the style of passito.
- A D.O.C. or D.O.C.G. aged for more than three years.
- A Fiulan term indicating a hillside vineyard,
- Selected late harvested D.O.C. wines.
- Dry white wine.
- A specialist in selecting and serving wine,
- Used in Piedmont for a hillside vineyard with a certain favorable.
- Wine containing carbonation.
- An anti-oxidant introduced in some wines in small amounts. Spumanti
- Dry or Sweet Sparkling wines.
- Indicates D.O.C. wine that meets standards above normal requirements. Sweet
- Having residual sugar from fermintation.
- A dried grape to be used for wine.
- Describes aged D.O.C. wines.
- Late harvest.
- Term for grape grower.
Vino da Tavolo
- Table wine.
- Wines in Italy that are sold after one month.
- Wines made from grapes dried on straw mats. Vino da Tavolo
- Table wine.
- A winemaker Vite
- The art and science of winemaking.
- Vine or grape variety.
- Lightly bubbly wines.
- Having the aroma or taste of an aging barrel.
- Smelling like yeast.
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