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Umbria: beyond Sagrantino

The “green heart” of Italy, Umbria borders Lazio to the south, Tuscany to the west, and Marche to the north and northeast. The only region within Peninsular Italy without an access to the sea, rolling hills against the backdrop of the verdant Apennines define its landscape. Hence the above-mentioned nickname. 

The native region of Saint Francis and Saint Benedict, Umbria is a treasure trove of artistic and architectural beauties. Rich gastronomy and wine production are another reflection of its vast cultural heritage. 

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. 

Umbria in a Nutshell
  • Area: 8.464 km2 (16th out of 20)
  • Mountain: 29,3%
  • Hill: 70,7%
  • Highest peak: Cima del Redentore (2.448 mt) 
  • Population: 856.407 (1,5%)
  • Provinces: Perugia, Terni
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Gubbio, Umbria, Italia
Interesting facts about Umbria
  • Despite being the second smallest region in Central Italy after Molise, Umbria boasts considerable viticultural biodiversity, with Bassa Umbria (Southern Umbria) and Alta Umbria (Northern Umbria) housing completely different varieties.
  • In Southern Umbria, the Orvieto area has been the main source of wine for the Papal court in Rome from the 15th to the 19th century.
  • Sagrantino di Montefalco has been one of the most rapidly growing wines in Italy over the last thirty years - it grew from 66 hectares in 1992 to almost 1000 today. One of the world’s most tannic red grapes, it requires meticulous farming and winemaking to produce world-class wines. 

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Wine areas

Discover wine denomintation of Umbria: Montefalco Sagrantino, Montefalco Rosso / Montefalco Rosso Riserva, Torgiano Rosso / Torgiano Rosso Riserva, Orvieto, Ciliegiolo di Narni, Spoleto Trebbiano Spoletino Gamay del Trasimeno

Grapes

Discover grapes varieties of Umbria: Sagrantino, Grechetto, Trebbiano Spoletino, Procanico, Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Gamay del Trasimeno

Wineries

Nested in the heart of Italy, Umbria hosts an array of superb wines and top-notch wineries. This somewhat undiscovered region harbors some real hidden treasures in the wine world!

Travel

Discover Umbria: Orvieto, Lago Trasimeno, Perugia, Assisi, Gubbio, Spello, Spoleto, Cascata delle Marmore, Pian Grande di Castelluccio

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