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Best Books on Italian Wines

Best Books on Italian Wines


If you want to be a winemaker, sommelier, or a wine taster, all of that in just one lifetime, then the only way is to explore “Wine Books”! Going through the best books on different wines will let you learn anything you want. So if you are a true wine lover, then you must read books about wines. If you’re going to be a part of a conversation about wines, hold your own in the discussion, want to enjoy the journey of wine from being a grape to packed in a bottle, or if you are interested in everything related to wine, then you must read, read and read!

Each line is as enjoyable as a sip of your favorite wine!

Top 5 Picks for Italian Wine Books

Italy is famous for some fantastic wines loved by wine lovers worldwide. Keeping that in mind, we have researched and reviewed some books on Italian wines and picked the best ones to enhance your knowledge on the same. Here is the list of most popular books written on Italian wines that you dare not miss out on!!

1. Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5) 

  • Written by: Joseph Bastianich, David Lynch, David Lynch
  • Price: $28.21 
  • A book devoted to the regional wines of Italy. This is not a “wine guide,” but more than that.
  • It is a book as much about Italy and its different regions as it is about the many other wines of Italy. Each part begins with a delightful short story about an experience in the area, then continues with a history of wine growing/ winemaking. We are led through the significant DOC/DOCGs of each region. The part finally ends with notes on some specific wines and a recipe from Joe’s Mom, Lydia.
  • It is an excellent guide and helps even a novice navigate the very confusing world of wine. Each chapter concludes with suggestions for specific wineries to visit, for particular wines to try out.
  • The history sections are the most helpful. If you plan to visit Italy, this book would be great to read, even for an absolute beginner. Also, the book is not only for someone taking a trip to Italy.

2. Matt Kramer’s Making Sense Of Italian Wine

4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5) 

  • Written by: Matt Kramer
  • Price: $2.98
  • The organization of the book is outstanding. We all know how famous Italian wines are, but it still gets confusing for even wine lovers or drinkers!
  • This book does its job of unveiling these mysterious wines perfectly. Each chapter covers the basics of Northeastern Italy’s wine, telling you about producers who are good at that particular wine. I would recommend this book for the absolute beginner and for intermediate persons too.
  • This books mainly cover overviews of nearly 40 different types of Italian wines, which are broken down into different categories. For each category, a brief history is provided with lists of recommended producers and some excellent cuisine suggestions that can be served with these wines.
  • The descriptions of everything are so refreshing because they show what the local people eat there, which helps you learn about their culture rather than the usual dinner-table dogma.

3. Decoding Italian Wine: A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Grapes, Regions, Practices, and Culture of the “Land of Wine.”

4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5) 

  • Written by: Andrew CullenRyan Anthony McNally 
  • Price: $8.99
  • This book allows the reader to absorb a plethora of Italian wine information without the effort required to study dense text filled with obscure grape varietals and arcane industry lingo. A great introduction to Italian wines; it is a quick read.
  • It is a nice and concise book that is to the point and pretty sketchy about the leading wine regions and varietals of Italy. This book is organized, precise, and packed with pertinent information, helping you learn great tips about purchasing good wines from any wine shop.
  • It has covered everything around each of the famous wines of Italy. A fast read which is quite more than enough to get you started on the lifelong journey of exploring the world of Italian wines.

4. Italian Wine For Dummies

4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5) 

  • Written by: by Mary Ewing, Ed McCarthy
  • Price: $6.58
  • We all know how Italian wines are tempting but confusing! You can easily get overwhelmed by seeing their vastness, but this book does its best to ween you on wine knowledge.
  • This book will establish a base knowledge of Italian wine regions. It is written in essay form with easy-to-understand language, a non-pretentious approach to this challenging topic!
  • This book put things in perspective as far as Italian wines go. It breaks things down as simply as it can. The sections are laid out nicely, and the icons on the side of the pages are very convenient to recognize, which is a necessity for beginner learners.

5. Native Wine Grapes of Italy

4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5) 

  • Written by: Ian D’Agata 
  • Price: $36
  • This book is a whole trip in itself! It is well detailed, and the level of research that went into it is pretty astonishing. It starts with the introduction to Italian wines and the author’s background.
  • We then dives into how the grapes are identified and grouped and the history of growing grapes and making wine. It also gives insights into both the well-known varietals and the lesser-known ones and includes a review of current genetic research.
  • It does come with an explanation of how the local people think about the grapes and wines they make.
  • An excellent book, which is a must-read for anyone interested in Italian wine or anyone who likes to learn about vino.


As we all know, “Knowledge is priceless,” When it is about wine, it is enjoyable too! The vast wine world fascinates everyone, even a non-drinker! If you do not want to be lost in the vastness of the wine industry, then you better take all the guidance required, and what can be better than books for that?! These books will help you build wine vocabulary. There are so many books to read on Italian wines, and these books are just the tip of the iceberg! Go get down reading!!

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