Central Italy - Umbria

3 important questions on Central Italy - Umbria

What are the grape varieties of landlocked Umbria, with its continental climate? What are the characteristics?

  • Grechetto di Orvieto for white; thick-skinned, intens lemon and white flower, high acidity.
  • Sangiovese for red
  • Sagrantino for red; very tannic, needs sunshine and heat, pronounced blackberry and red plum; high acidity, high tannins.
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Where is DOC Orvieto based and what is known about the legalisation?

  • On western edge of Umbria
  • White wines
  • Minimum 60% Grechetto or/and Trebbiano Toscano.
  • Dry, off dry and sweet (vendemmia tar dive/muffa mobile)
  • Classico and Superiore
  • Fermented and aged in stainless steel
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Where is DOC Rosso/DOCG Sagrantino di Montefalco based and what is known about the legalisation?

  • Rosso: Sangiovese is the main variety with Sagrantino 10-15% Minimum ageing 18 months.
  • DOCG Sagrantino di Montefalco: 100% Sagrantino - 33 months ageing, 1 year oak
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