Umbria Wine Region
Viticulture in Umbria has a long history dating back to Roman times. The region offers a mixed bag of whites and red wines, generally reflecting its continental climate – with cold winters and hot and dry summer days alternated to cooler nights – through a mix of good palate structure and refreshing acidity.
What are the key denominations of Umbria?
- Montefalco Sagrantino: the most important denomination for red wine in Umbria, producing some of the richest and most powerful red wines in Italy.
- Montefalco Rosso / Montefalco Rosso Riserva: Sangiovese-based red wines from Montefalco.
- Torgiano Rosso / Torgiano Rosso Riserva: a small denomination giving complex Sangiovese with excellent cellaring potential.
- Orvieto: an historical wine district devoted to the production of the namesake white, consisting of a blend of Procanico, Grechetto and minor grapes. The wines are mostly light, crisp and affordable but the best versions are complex, savory, and also age well.
- Ciliegiolo di Narni: read the chapter about key grapes.
- Spoleto Trebbiano Spoletino: a newly-established DOC devoted to the production of the namesake wine.
- Gamay del Trasimeno: read the chapter about key grapes.