White Wine, Lombardy, Umbria
In central Italy, the Umbria wine region is surrounded by the fellow wine regions of Tuscany, Lazio, and Marche. Hills and mountains define the landscape here, and many varieties thrive in its diverse soils. What’s more, the region’s diurnal range, especially at higher altitudes, provides optimal conditions for producing elegant, mineral white wines with great ageing potential. The region became known especially for Orvieto, a delicate yet spicy white wine blend of Grechetto, Trebbiano, and other local grape varieties. Verdello is another white variety grown here. Among the red varieties planted here are Sangiovese, Merlot, Barbera, and Sagrantino. Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, made from the thick-skinned Sagrantino grape, is the region’s most prestigious red wine – spicy, rich, tannic, full-bodied, and long-lived.