Italian Wine Terms

Abboccato Slightly sweet
Amabile Medium-sweet
Amarone Dry red wine made from dried grapes (a form of passito)
Azienda/Tenuta/Podere Estate
Bianco White
Cantina Winery
Cantina sociale Co-operative winery
Chiaretto Pale red or dark rosé
Classico Denotes the traditional, theoretically superior, vineyard area within a DOC/G zone
Dolce Sweet
Frizzante Slightly sparkling
Imbottigliato all’origine Estate-bottled
Metodo Classico Sparkling wine made by the classic Champagne method
Novello Literally ‘new’ – describes light, fruity wines intended for early consumption rather than cellaring
Passito Generic term for wine made from dried grapes (typically sweet but sometimes dry)
Recioto Sweet red or white wine made from dried grapes (a form of passito)
Ripasso full-bodied, powerful wine style made by re-fermenting wine with amarone grape skins
Rosato Rosé
Rosso Red
Secco Dry
Spumante Sparkling
Superiore wines with greater concentration and higher alcoholic strength
Vendemmia Vintage
Vigneto Vineyard
Vin Santo A dessert wine style originally from Tuscany, generally made from air-dried Trebbiano grapes. The style is now made in various Italian regions.
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