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By: Katie Eigel

We’ve all been there, and it’s okay. Is it SO-vig-non blanc or Saw-vig-non blanc? (Don’t worry, you’ll find the answer in #10.) We’re here to give you guidance on some of the common  wine mispronunciations so you can decide what pronunciations feel most comfortable for your palette. Just remember, as most wines are not created  equally, most wines are not pronounced the same. It’s a matter of regional preference and opinion.So after reading this, we encourage you to form your own pronunciations, and more importantly to get tasting! We all drink in the same language after all.

1. Shiraz
Take a guess: Is it pronounced Shee-rahz or Shee-razz Both, actually. Depending on where you decide to sip this dark purply and slightly spicy wine, the pronunciation will vary. Domestically we say Shee-rahz, which rhymes with the land of Oz, but in Shiraz’s home of Australia, it’s pronounced Shee-razz, which rhymes with pizazz.

2. Syrah
This is the same grape as the Shiraz, but the French call it Syrah.While most people pronounce Syrah like the name Sarah/Sara, how do you pronounce it? If you said, ” See-rah ,” then you would be correct. Even if you didn’t get it, now you know–and we’re not judging you.


3. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Montepulciano is a favorite red Italian varietal, and when it’s followed by d’Abruzzo, that indicates the area in Italy where the grape is grown. Montepulciano is pretty straight forward to pronounce, but how do you  say d’Abruzzo? Altogether, the correct pronunciation is mon tae pul chee AH noh dah BRUTE so. (I’m guilty of trying to draw out the “zz”and butchering this amazing wine on many occasions.) 

4. Pouilly-Fuissé
Pouilly-Fuissé comes from France, and is the area responsible for producing some fine white wines in southern Burgundy. This one also might be the most fun to pronounce: pwee fwee say.

5. Gewürztraminer
This one might top the list of being most commonly mispronounced. For the record, I’ve had my friend, who speaks fluent German, correct me a million times on this German and Austrian favorite. Don’t let the umlaut intimidate you, it’s pronounced: geh VAIRTZ trahmee ner. 

6. Rioja
This one might seem simple, but let’s do a group check and make sure we’re all saying Rioja correctly: It’s ree OH hah.

7. Sémillon
Perhaps France’s most famous sweet wine is also a little tricky to pronounce. If you’ve been saying the “million” part like, well, the currency, then correct yourself ASAP. If you’ve been saying Sem-ee-yon,which is the most recognized French pronunciation, then pour yourself another drink. 

8. Semillon
Notice the accent is not over the “e” in this one. That’s because there is a different pronunciation for the Australian version of this same grape, which produces a dry wine down under. The pronunciation is not drastically different, but you’ll be seen as a wine guru if you can pronounce the two correctly. The Aussies pronounce it as SEM-eh-lon.

9.  Cabernet Sauvignon
You order this wine so much that you might not need any assistance. But if your French is less than stellar, here’s a quick lesson for you: It’s cab-er-nay-saw-vee-nyon. Say it again. You’re getting the hang of it already.

10. Sauvignon Blanc

You might be surprised to hear that almost everyone in the United States is mispronouncing this wine by emphasizing the “c” at the end, like saw-vee-nyon-blohnk. However, the correct way to pronounce this wine is So-veen-yawn BlahN with no “c” at the end. So if you want to sound like a somm and give people something to think about, go ahead and pronounce it the less popular, yet correct way: So-veen-yawn BlahN. Then secretly pat yourself on the back for nailing this one. 


Katie Eigel

Originally from Missouri, Katie has lived in Switzerland, Chicago, San Francisco. Brooklyn and Arizona-and prefers to live in close proximity to old vines. Her first job in college was pouring wines and pruning wines at a winery in Augusta, Missouri which was the first designated AVA in American. Since then, Katie has spend several years working in corporate America as a copywriter and content marketer.  She now works for herself because “her boss” adheres to a strict unlimited winery vacation policy. Follow her tasting and travel notes: @eieigel.


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Parla Vino? How to Pronounce Italian Wine Names

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KEE-what? Don't worry, it's not all that hard 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.

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.

All together now, "kee-AHN-tee"... 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 – just like the English short-A
    • E makes the “ay” sound – just like the English long-A
    • I makes the “ee” sound – just the English long-E
    • O makes the “oh” sound – just like the English long-O
    • U makes the “oo” sound – just like the English long-U
  • The letters CH and GH together make a “hard” sound:
    • CH makes a hard K sound, like in Brachetto , which is pronounced “bra-KAY-toh”
    • GH makes a hard G sound, like in Falanghina , which is pronounced “fah-lawn -GHEE-nah”
  • There are no silent letters in Italian, but when GL and GN are together, they make a special sound:
    • GL together makes the “lyah” sound, like in Aglianico , which is pronounced “ahl-YAH-nee-ko”
    • GN together makes the “nyah” sound, like in Carmignano , which is pronounced “kar-min-YAH-no”

Pop a cork and grab a glass of vino and let's practice! 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


Wine NamePronunciationType
Aglianico ahl-YAH-nee-koRed
Aglianico del Taburno ahl-YAH-nee-ko • del • tah-BOOR-noRed
Aglianico del Vulture ahl-YAH-nee-ko • del • VOOL-too-rayRed
Amarone ah-mah-ROH-nayRed
Amarone della Valpolicella ah-mah-ROH-nay • day-lah • val-po-lee-CHAY-lahRed


Wine NamePronunciationType
Barbaresco bar-bah-RAY-skoRed
Barbera bar-BAY-rahRed
Barbera d’Alba bar-BAY-rah • DAHL-bahRed
Barbera d’Asti bar-BAY-rah • DAH-steeRed
Bardolino bar-do-LEE-noRed
Bardolino Novello bar-do-LEE-no • no-VAY-loRed
Bardolino Superiore bar-do-LEE-no • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayRed
Barolo bah-ROH-loRed
Bolgheri BOHL-gay-reeRed
Brachetto bra-KAY-tohWhite
Brachetto d’Acqui bra-KAY-toh • DAH-kweeRed
Brunello broo-NAY-loRed
Brunello di Montalcino broo-NAY-lo • dee • mon-tall-CHEE-noRed


Wine NamePronunciationType
Cannonau KAH-nohn-nowRed
Cannonau di Sardegna KAH-nohn-now • dee • sahr-DAYN-yahRed
Carmignano kar-min-YAH-noRed
Cerasuolo chair-ah-SWOH-loRosato
Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo chair-ah-SWOH-lo • dah-BROOT-zoRosato
Cerasuolo di Vittoria chair-ah-SWOH-lo • dee • vee-toh-ree-ahRosato
Cesanese chay-sah-NAY-zayRed
Cesanese del Piglio chay-sah-NAY-zay • dayl • PEEL-yoRed
Chianti Classico kee-AHN-tee • KLAH-see-koRed
Cinque Terre CHEEN-kway • TAY-rayWhite
Ciro CHEE-rohRed
Cortese di Gavi kor-TAY-zay • dee • GAH-veeWhite


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


Wine NamePronunciationType
Erbaluce air-bah-LOO-chayWhite
Erbaluce di Caluso air-bah-LOO-chay • dee • kah-LOO-zoWhite
Etna Bianco ATE-nah • bee-AHN-koWhite
Etna Rosso ATE-nah • ROH-soRed


Wine NamePronunciationType
Falanghina fah-lawn -GHEE-nahWhite
Fiano di Avellino fee-AH-no • dee • ah-vay-LEE-noWhite
Franciacorta frahn-chah-COR-tahSparkling
Frascati frah-SKAH-teeWhite
Frascati Superiore frah-SKAH-tee • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayWhite
Friulano free-oo-LAH-noWhite


Wine NamePronunciationType
Gattinara gah-tee-NAH-rahRed
Gavi GAH-veeWhite
Greco di Tufo GRAY-ko • dee • TOO-foWhite


Wine NamePronunciationType
Lacryma Christi lah-KREE-mah • KREE-steeWhite
Lambrusco lahm-BROO-skoRed


Wine NamePronunciationType
Malvasia mahl-vah-ZEE-ahSweet
Montecucco mon-tay-KOO-koRed
Montepulciano mon-tay-pool-chee-AH-noRed
Montepulciano d’Abruzzo mon-tay-pool-chee-AH-no • dah-BROOT-zoRed
Morellino di Scansano moh-ray-LEE-no • dee • scahn-ZAH-noRed
Moscato moh-SKAH-tohWhite
Moscato d’Asti moh-SKAH-toh • DAH-steeSparkling
Moscato di Pantelleria moh-SKAH-toh • dee • pan-tay-lay-REE-ahSweet


Wine NamePronunciationType
Nebbiolo nay-bee-OH-loRed
Nebbiolo d’Alba nay-bee-OH-lo • DAHL-bahRed
Negroamaro nay-grow-ah-MAH-roRed


Wine NamePronunciationType
Orvieto Classico or-vee-AY-toh • KLAH-see-koRed


Wine NamePronunciationType
Pigato pee-GAH-tohWhite
Pinot Nero PEE-no • NAY-roWhite
Pinot Bianco PEE-no • bee-AHN-koWhite
Pinot Grigio PEE-no • GREE-joWhite
Primitivo pree-mee-TEE-voRed
Prosecco pro-SAY-koSparkling
Prosecco Valdobbiadene pro-SAY-ko • vahl-doh-bee-ah-DAY-naySparkling


Wine NamePronunciationType
Recioto di Soave ray-CHEE-oh-toh • dee • so-AH-vayWhite
Recioto di Valpolicella ray-CHEE-oh-toh • dee • vahl-po-lee-CHAY-lahRed
Roero Arneis roh-AIR-roh • ar-NAYZWhite
Rosso Conero ROH-so • ko-NAY-rohRed
Rosso Piceno ROH-so • pee-CHAY-noRed
Rosso Salento ROH-so • sah-LAYN-tohRed


Wine NamePronunciationType
Sagrantino sah-grahn-TEE-noRed
Sagrantino di Montefalco sah-grahn-TEE-no • dee • mon-tee-FAHL-koRed
Salice Salentino sah-LEE-chay • sah-len-TEE-noRed
Sangiovese di Romagna sahn-gee-oh-VAY-zay • dee • ro-MAHN-yahRed
Sciacchetra shah-kay-TRAHSweet
Soave soo-AH-vayWhite
Soave Superiore soo-AH-vay • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayWhite


Wine NamePronunciationType
Taurasi taow-RAH-zeeRed


Wine NamePronunciationType
Valpolicella val-po-lee-CHAY-lahRed
Valpolicella Classico val-po-lee-CHAY-lah • KLAH-see-koRed
Valpolicella Superiore val-po-lee-CHAY-lah • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayRed
Valtellina val-tay-LEE-nahRed
Valtellina Superiore val-tay-LEE-nah • soo-pay-ree-OR-rayRed
Verdicchio vair-DEE-kee-ohWhite
Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi vair-DEE-kee-oh • day • kah-STAY-lee • dee • YAY-zeeWhite
Verdicchio di Matelica vair-DEE-kee-oh • dee • mah-TAY-lee-kahWhite
Vermentino vair-men-TEE-noWhite
Vermentino di Gallura vair-men-TEE-no • dee • gah-LOO-rahWhite
Vernaccia di San Gimignano vair-NAH-chah • dee • san • jim-min-YAH-noWhite
Vin Santo veen • SAN-tohSweet
Vino Nobile VEE-noh • NOH-bee-layRed
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano VEE-noh • NOH-bee-lay • dee • mon-tay-pool-chee-AH-noRed

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14 Responses to “Parla Vino? How to Pronounce Italian Wine Names”

  1. Jeff Clemente 10 Oct 13 at 2:40 PM #

    Great post Michael. Don’t forget the ever popular gar-gah-NAY-gah!

    • Michael Horne 11 Oct 13 at 12:57 AM #

      Of course! Tasty in Soave.

      I’m thinking of doing a follow-up post on Italian grape varietals. A few Sommelier candidates have been asking for an all-in-one-place guide to pronouncing Italian wines and grapes.


  2. Roy Ingle 25 Jun 14 at 1:00 PM #

    This was a very informative visit & I thank U 4 the good information. I’m certainly no expert but I noticed something cruising through your phonetic spelling chart that seems off-key. The word “Sciacchetra” is phonetically spelled as “shah – kee – trah” but I imagine U intended that 2 B “shah – kay – trah” (?). I was surprised 2 discover that just dumbing my way through your list I was on target most of the time which was gratifying. One problem area 4 me is when 2 use the “ch” sound with a c followed by vowels. I know “ciao”, “duce”, etc., but what about ca, co, & cu? Am I correct in assuming those are always pronounced with a hard c? And do the Italians always roll their “r”s whether it’s a single or double? Thanx in advance.

  3. Michael Horne 25 Jun 14 at 1:07 PM #

    Ciao Roy — yep, you’re right, the phonetic for Sciacchetra should be “shah-kay-TRAH.” I’ve made the correction, thanks for catching the error!

    For “ca” and “co” and “cu” combinations, you are correct — you use the hard C sound (“kuh”, not “chuh”). So Cannonau is “KAH-nohn-now”, Colpetrone is “Kohl-pay-TROH-nay”, and Cuore is “coo-OH-ray.”

    On the rolling of the R’s, yes — generally the R is rolled for both single and double letters, but often for a single R it can be cut short. Generally any doubling of a letter indicates that you sound it for a longer period of time, so a double-R is rolled longer than a single-R. Hope that helps.


  4. Roy Ingle 27 Jun 14 at 9:09 PM #

    Michael: Thanks so much 4 the thumbnail education in Italian pronunciation. It really helps me, with my limited knowledge, 2 @ least be able 2 read it & attempt translation. What a lyrical language it is. I love 2 hear it spoken by native tongues although, as with Spanish or French, it flows by faster than I can think. A friend owns a boutique wine shop & I sometimes work 4 him so he can take time off. It has been interesting 2 absorb information about the wine regions of Italy, France & Spain & the grapes/wines produced by them. The more I learn the more I realize how little I knew & how much there is 2 be learned. Having visited all 3 I seem most drawn 2 the Italian culture & language. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge of it with us so freely.


  5. Michael Horne 7 Jul 14 at 7:04 PM #

    Ciao Roy — no problem, always happy to share the fun in Italian wines!


  6. Ty’Neil 21 May 15 at 8:50 AM #

    Hi there — I’m going to be starting a new job in Soho at a new Sicilian restaurant, and they have a great wine list. I really like this blog post on how to pronounce Italian wine names, but I was wondering if you can help me with the pronunciation of some Italian wine producer names.

    I would really appreciate the help. Here are some that I need to learn so I can properly pronounce them to my customers:

    * Majolini
    * Drusian
    * Billeart- Salmon Brut
    * Tenuta Della Terre
    * Le Vigne di Zamo
    * Tami
    * Scarbolo
    * Massolino
    * Abbazia di Novacella
    * “Colli di Lapio” (Fiano) – Clelia Romano
    * Maruo Veglio
    * Nebbiolo
    * Manicor
    * Josetta Seffrio
    * Ca’ Rugate – Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone
    * Valle dell’Acate


    • Michael Horne 21 May 15 at 9:04 AM #

      Ciao Ty’Neil — best of luck in your new gig at the SoHo Sicilian restaurant! I’d be happy to provide some pointers on how to pronounce the wine producer names on your list.

      The pronunciation rules for producer names is the same as for wine names. Here’s how to pronounce them:

      * Majolini – my-oh-LEE-nee
      * Drusian – DROO-zee-ahn
      * Billeart-Salmon Brut – that’s a French Champagne, and I think it’s pronounced “BEE-yair Sahl-mohn broot”
      * Tenuta Della Terre – tay-noo-tah day-lah tay-ray
      * Le Vigne di Zamo – lay veen-yay dee ZAH-mo
      * Tami – TAH-mee
      * Scarbolo – SCAR-boh-lo
      * Massolino – ma-so-LEE-no
      * Abbazia di Novacella – abba-ZEE-ah dee no-va-CHAY-la
      * “Colli di Lapio” (Fiano) – Clelia Romano – “koh-lee dee LAH-pee-oh” (fee-ah-no) – clay-lee-ah row-MAH-no
      * Mauro Veglio – maow-row VAY-lee-oh
      * Nebbiolo – nay-bee-OH-lo
      * Manicor – mah-NEE-cor
      * Josetta Seffrio – yo-SAY-tah SAY-free-oh
      * Ca’ Rugate – Corvina, Rondinella, Corvinone – kah roo-GAH-tay – kohr-VEE-nah, rohn-dee-NAY-lah, core-VEE-nohn-nay
      * Valle dell’Acate – vah-lay day-lah-CAH-tay


  7. Andre 9 Aug 16 at 10:02 PM #

    Hello, I have referenced the pronounciation of Montepulciano from a few different sources and they usually say mawn-tay-pool-chan-no. Are they both right?  Thank you, Andre 


    • Michael Horne 10 Aug 16 at 4:02 AM #

      Ciao Andre — you’ve got it right, the phonetic way you propose is fine and sounds good. The “mawn” part has a little local flair to it, and technically in “Florence Italian” it would be more like “mohn” (sounds like the english word “moan”). And you’re right, in regular local pronunciation I’d expect the “chee-AH-no” part to sound more like you have, “chan-no.”

      Either way, you’re close enough to get it right and sound like a local.


  8. Andre 10 Aug 16 at 10:10 AM #

    Thanks Michael for the the prompt response and all of your great free content. Going to start working in an Italian restaurant and this info is very helpful!

    • Michael Horne 10 Aug 16 at 10:53 AM #

      No problem. Where are you thinking about opening up your restaurant? 

      Cheers! –Michael

  9. Andre 10 Aug 16 at 8:15 PM #

    Not open. Work-in. SF Bay Area



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Pinot What? How to Pronounce Wine Names

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Need a wine cheat sheet? Don’t get stumped by a wine list ever again with our quickie guide. 

Pinot Noir
Pronunciation: pee-no nwahr
Typical flavors: Cherry, violet, earth, and mushroom
Best-known regions: Burgundy, France; Sonoma, California; Willamette Valley, Oregon; Central Otago, New Zealand
Fun fact: It’s known as the “heartbreak grape” because its thin skin makes it hard to grow.

Pronunciation: sir-AH
Typical flavors: Blackberry, currant, raspberry, black pepper, and black olive
Best-known regions: Rhone Valley, France; Barossa, Australia
Fun fact: Australians call it Shiraz. It’s the same grape, but the warm weather down under produces a heavier, fruitier style.

Cabernet Franc
Pronunciation: ka-burr-nay fronk
Typical flavors: Red berry, red plum, and green bell peppers
Best-known regions: Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, France; North Fork, Long Island
Fun fact: When crossed with Sauvignon Blanc, it produces Cabernet Sauvignon

Pronunciation: mur-LOW
Typical flavors: Plum, blueberry, rose, and cinnamon
Best-known regions: Bordeaux, France; Columbia Valley and Horse Heaven Hills, Washington
Fun fact: Despite being the basis for some of the greatest Bordeaux wines in the world, sales of Merlot plummeted after Paul Giamatti’s character in the film Sideways screamed that he wouldn’t drink any “bleep”ing Merlot.

Pronunciation: san-joe-VAY-say
Typical flavors: Bitter cherry, strawberry, violets, and spice
Best-known region: Tuscany, Italy
Fun factSangiovese is the main grape in Chianti wines; some modern Tuscan winemakers often blend in Cabernet Sauvignon. Considered some of the best Italian wines, they’re nicknamed Super Tuscans.

Pronunciation: MAL-beck
Typical flavors: Black fruits, plum, and black cherry
Best-known region: Mendoza, Argentina
Fun fact: It used to be one of the five main grapes in Bordeaux, but it gets a lot of disease so they pretty much kicked it out.

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Sauvignon Blanc
Pronunciation: SO-vin-nyon blahnk
Typical characteristics: Tangy pink grapefruit, flint, bell pepper, and green grass
Best-known regions: Loire Valley and Bordeaux, France; Marlborough, New Zealand
Fun fact: In the 1960s, the Sauvignon Blanc being made in America wasn’t very good. When Robert Mondavi starting producing it well, he called it Fumé Blanc to help with the marketing. Sales were great!  

Pronunciation: shar-dun-nay
Typical characteristics: Yellow apples and vanilla
Best-known regions: Burgundy and Champagne, France; Napa and Sonoma, California
Fun fact: When you taste a “buttery” Chardonnay, that quality comes from the oak it was aged in, not the grape.

Pronunciation: Reez-ling
Typical characteristics: Apricot, peach, and petrol
Best-known regions: Germany; Alsace; the Finger Lakes, New York
Fun fact: Rieslings range from sweet to completely dry—the style usually depends on the area where it’s grown. 

Pronunciation: tem-pra-NEE-yo
Typical flavors: Dried cherry, tobacco, and wild strawberries
Best-known regions: Rioja and Ribeira del Duero, Spain
Fun fact: Tempranillo means “little early one,” so nicknamed because the grapes ripen early. 

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Gewurztraminer grapes. Photo:  StockFood /  Siffert, Hans-Peter

Pronunciation: guh-VERTS-tra-meaner
Typical flavors: Lychee, mango, passion fruit, ginger, gingerbread, nutmeg, and clove
Best-known regions: Alsace; Germany, where it’s drier and less aromatic
Fun fact: Gewurztraminer is one of the most aromatic grapes, and has the same aroma compounds as lychees. 

Alyssa Vitrano is a wine expert with certification in Viticulture & Vinification and Blind Tasting from the American Sommelier Association. She is also the founder of , a website that combines her love of the grape and pop culture .

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