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How do you pronounce Prosecco Valdobbiadene? How about Amarone della Valpolicella?

Italian wine names can sometimes befuddle wine lovers. Even I have to slow-down-and-sound-it-out when I come across new regional wine names that don’t just roll off the tongue.

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Take heart, learning how to pronounce the most common Italian wine names is pretty straightforward if you follow a few basic rules on Italian pronunciation. And just for fun, I’ve included audio tracks for the top 100 or so Italian wine names so you can practice. A budding Sommelier in training will also find these audio tracks helpful.

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Class time!Italian 101.

Let’s take a minute, get a little geeky and learn a couple of basic rules for pronouncing Italian wine names:

In Italian, you pronounce every letter, and every letter has exactly one sound. Well, there are a couple of exceptions (see below).Unlike English vowels which have 2 sounds (for example, long-A and short-A), there’s only one sound for Italian vowels:A makes the “ah” sound – like the English short-AE makes the “ay” sound – like the English long-AI makes the “ee” sound – like the English long-EO makes the “oh” sound – like the English long-OU makes the “oo” sound – like the English long-UThe letters CH and GH together make a “hard” sound:There are no silent letters in Italian, but when GL and GN are together, they make a special sound:

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Clear as mud?Practice makes perfect.

Okay, pop a cork and grab a glass of your favorite Italian wine and let’s practice speaking the most common Italian wine names. I’ve pulled together a list below and provided audio tracks so you can hear me pronounce the name, and I’ve included the phonetic spelling so you can sound it out.

Note that the phonetic spelling I’ve provided is intended to make it easy to read & pronounce for Americans. If you’re an expert in the Italian language or linguistics and think a name should be pronounced differently, then share your wisdom! Add your recommendation to the Reply section at the bottom of this page and I’ll update the list. You may want to bookmark this page for future reference.

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Pronunciation of Popular Italian Wine Names

A

Wine NamePronunciationType
Aglianicoahl-YAH-nee-koRed
Aglianico del Taburnoahl-YAH-nee-ko • del • tah-BOOR-noRed
Aglianico del Vultureahl-YAH-nee-ko • del • VOOL-too-rayRed
Amaroneah-mah-ROH-nayRed
Amarone della Valpolicellaah-mah-ROH-nay • day-lah • val-po-lee-CHAY-lahRed

B

Wine NamePronunciationType
Barbarescobar-bah-RAY-skoRed
Barberabar-BAY-rahRed
Barbera d’Albabar-BAY-rah • DAHL-bahRed
Barbera d’Astibar-BAY-rah • DAH-steeRed
Bardolinobar-do-LEE-noRed
Bardolino Novellobar-do-LEE-no • no-VAY-loRed
Bardolino Superiorebar-do-LEE-no • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayRed
Barolobah-ROH-loRed
BolgheriBOHL-gay-reeRed
Brachettobra-KAY-tohWhite
Brachetto d’Acquibra-KAY-toh • DAH-kweeRed
Brunellobroo-NAY-loRed
Brunello di Montalcinobroo-NAY-lo • dee • mon-tall-CHEE-noRed

C

Wine NamePronunciationType
CannonauKAH-nohn-nowRed
Cannonau di SardegnaKAH-nohn-now • dee • sahr-DAYN-yahRed
Carmignanokar-min-YAH-noRed
Cerasuolochair-ah-SWOH-loRosato
Cerasuolo d’Abruzzochair-ah-SWOH-lo • dah-BROOT-zoRosato
Cerasuolo di Vittoriachair-ah-SWOH-lo • dee • vee-toh-ree-ahRosato
Cesanesechay-sah-NAY-zayRed
Cesanese del Pigliochay-sah-NAY-zay • dayl • PEEL-yoRed
Chianti Classicokee-AHN-tee • KLAH-see-koRed
Cinque TerreCHEEN-kway • TAY-rayWhite
CiroCHEE-rohRed
Cortese di Gavikor-TAY-zay • dee • GAH-veeWhite

D

Wine NamePronunciationType
Dolcettodohl-CHAY-tohRed
Dolcetto di Doglianidohl-CHAY-toh • dee • dohl-YAH-neeRed

E

Wine NamePronunciationType
Erbaluceair-bah-LOO-chayWhite
Erbaluce di Calusoair-bah-LOO-chay • dee • kah-LOO-zoWhite
Etna BiancoATE-nah • bee-AHN-koWhite
Etna RossoATE-nah • ROH-soRed

F

Wine NamePronunciationType
Falanghinafah-lawn -GHEE-nahWhite
Fiano di Avellinofee-AH-no • dee • ah-vay-LEE-noWhite
Franciacortafrahn-chah-COR-tahSparkling
Frascatifrah-SKAH-teeWhite
Frascati Superiorefrah-SKAH-tee • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayWhite
Friulanofree-oo-LAH-noWhite

G

Wine NamePronunciationType
Gattinaragah-tee-NAH-rahRed
GaviGAH-veeWhite
Greco di TufoGRAY-ko • dee • TOO-foWhite

L

Wine NamePronunciationType
Lacryma Christilah-KREE-mah • KREE-steeWhite
Lambruscolahm-BROO-skoRed

M

Wine NamePronunciationType
Malvasiamahl-vah-ZEE-ahSweet
Montecuccomon-tay-KOO-koRed
Montepulcianomon-tay-pool-chee-AH-noRed
Montepulciano d’Abruzzomon-tay-pool-chee-AH-no • dah-BROOT-zoRed
Morellino di Scansanomoh-ray-LEE-no • dee • scahn-ZAH-noRed
Moscatomoh-SKAH-tohWhite
Moscato d’Astimoh-SKAH-toh • DAH-steeSparkling
Moscato di Pantelleriamoh-SKAH-toh • dee • pan-tay-lay-REE-ahSweet

N

Wine NamePronunciationType
Nebbiolonay-bee-OH-loRed
Nebbiolo d’Albanay-bee-OH-lo • DAHL-bahRed
Negroamaronay-grow-ah-MAH-roRed

O

Wine NamePronunciationType
Orvieto Classicoor-vee-AY-toh • KLAH-see-koRed

P

Wine NamePronunciationType
Pigatopee-GAH-tohWhite
Pinot NeroPEE-no • NAY-roWhite
Pinot BiancoPEE-no • bee-AHN-koWhite
Pinot GrigioPEE-no • GREE-joWhite
Primitivopree-mee-TEE-voRed
Proseccopro-SAY-koSparkling
Prosecco Valdobbiadenepro-SAY-ko • vahl-doh-bee-ah-DAY-naySparkling

R

Wine NamePronunciationType
Recioto di Soaveray-CHEE-oh-toh • dee • so-AH-vayWhite
Recioto di Valpolicellaray-CHEE-oh-toh • dee • vahl-po-lee-CHAY-lahRed
Roero Arneisroh-AIR-roh • ar-NAYZWhite
Rosso ConeroROH-so • ko-NAY-rohRed
Rosso PicenoROH-so • pee-CHAY-noRed
Rosso SalentoROH-so • sah-LAYN-tohRed

S

Wine NamePronunciationType
Sagrantinosah-grahn-TEE-noRed
Sagrantino di Montefalcosah-grahn-TEE-no • dee • mon-tee-FAHL-koRed
Salice Salentinosah-LEE-chay • sah-len-TEE-noRed
Sangiovese di Romagnasahn-gee-oh-VAY-zay • dee • ro-MAHN-yahRed
Sciacchetrashah-kay-TRAHSweet
Soavesoo-AH-vayWhite
Soave Superioresoo-AH-vay • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayWhite

T

Wine NamePronunciationType
Taurasitaow-RAH-zeeRed

V

Wine NamePronunciationType
Valpolicellaval-po-lee-CHAY-lahRed
Valpolicella Classicoval-po-lee-CHAY-lah • KLAH-see-koRed
Valpolicella Superioreval-po-lee-CHAY-lah • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayRed
Valtellinaval-tay-LEE-nahRed
Valtellina Superioreval-tay-LEE-nah • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayRed
Verdicchiovair-DEE-kee-ohWhite
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesivair-DEE-kee-oh • day • kah-STAY-lee • dee • YAY-zeeWhite
Verdicchio di Matelicavair-DEE-kee-oh • dee • mah-TAY-lee-kahWhite
Vermentinovair-men-TEE-noWhite
Vermentino di Galluravair-men-TEE-no • dee • gah-LOO-rahWhite
Vernaccia di San Gimignanovair-NAH-chah • dee • san • jim-min-YAH-noWhite
Vin Santoveen • SAN-tohSweet
Vino NobileVEE-noh • NOH-bee-layRed
Vino Nobile di MontepulcianoVEE-noh • NOH-bee-lay • dee • mon-tay-pool-chee-AH-noRed

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