Umbria Wine Region
What are the main Grape Varieties in Umbria?
Umbria mainly focuses on native grapes:
- Sagrantino: famous for Montefalco Sagrantino, giving wines that are dark-colored, high-acid and very tannic, with deep aromas of sweet dark cherries, plums, chocolate, botanical herbs, and dark spice. While always bold and concentrated, they taste elegant and light on their feet if maceration and aging are properly managed.
- Grechetto: one of the most tannic white grapes, employed in the production of structured and savory white wines. Grechetto Orvietano is slightly brighter and fresher, while Grechetto Gentile di Todi yields richer and fruitier wines.
- Trebbiano Spoletino: A recently rescued – and especially promising – white variety, standing out for its versatility and producing a wide variety of different wines, ranging from simple and bright to complex and age-worthy, undergoing oak aging or extended skin-contact.
- Procanico: A biotype of Trebbiano Toscano, taking part in the Orvieto blend.
- Sangiovese: used to make juicy and food-friendly Montefalco Rosso (with dollops of Sagrantino and other grapes) and rich and age-worthy Torgiano Rosso.
- Ciliegiolo: thriving around the town of Narni in Southern Umbria, it gives juicy, red-fruited reds.
- Gamay del Trasimeno: a local biotype of Grenache, giving fruit-forward reds and light rosè.
Other key grapes:
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vernaccia Nera