Umbria

Umbria accounts for 2% of Italy’s wine production. Production of red wine slightly surpasses that of white in Umbria.

Umbria was historically renowned for white wine, thanks mainly to the prominence of Orvieto, which has become one of Italy’s best-selling DOC whites and historically was a favorite of medieval Popes. Overall, some very pleasant wines based on the honeyed Grechetto grape can be enjoyed from the area. But the scenic hills of the “green heart of Italy” have an undeniable aptitude for red wine, as exemplified in the region’s two DOCGs: Montefalco Sagrantino and Torgiano Rosso Riserva. Red wine from the area is covered by the DOCs of Rosso Orvietano and Lago di Corbara.

The Umbrian wine that has made the greatest recent impact is Montefalco Sagrantino. Sagrantino, an ancient variety grown only around the hill town of Montefalco, is an intriguing native grape that makes both dry and sweet wines of unusual power and aromas.

Among the many outside varieties planted in Umbria, Merlot and Barbera have been prominent for more than a century. More recently, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay have shown promise in varietal wines and blends. Umbrians have even had success with Pinot Nero, which is showcased in some of the region’s complex and nuanced wines.

Umbria has numerous curiosities among its vines and wines, though few of the local rarities ever leave the region. Vin Santo, pressed from semidried Grechetto and/or Malvasia grapes, is usually sweet and most prized by Umbrians as a wine for any occasion.

 

Common Local Grape Varieties

White Wine:

  • Chardonnay
  • Grechetto
  • Trebbiano

Red/Rosé Wine:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Sagrantino
  • Sangiovese

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