Umbria Wine

 

Umbria is a wine region tucked in central Italy, surrounded by Tuscany, Latium and the Marche. It’s a hilly area, with many of its 11 DOC’s beginning with ‘Colli,” Italian for slope or hill. The region is landlocked, and the first civilizations, the ancient Umbri and then the Etruscans, established their villages along the Tiber river as a hydration source. If you follow the legends of saints, one of the big ones, Francis of Assisi, for which the iconic town is named, was based here.
 
Umbria is best known for its white wines, particularly Orvieto, produced from the Trebbiano (here sometimes called Procanico) grape. This wine accounts for the majority of all the wine produced from the region. This is kind of a little black dress of a white wine, changing in style through the decades but always in fashion. Some trends dictate a young, fresh style, while others call for more sophisticated techniques in which the juice is left in contact with the skins for longer Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Umbria View all

  • Grechetto

  • Trebbiano

    History of the grape: Trebbiano is one of the world’s most widely planted white grape varietals, not only for wines, ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

Subregions of Umbria

  • Orviéto

      Orvieto is the most famous wine produced in Umbria, Italy. This celebrated white wine has ...

  • Montefalco

      The Montefalco wine region, named for the Medieval hilltop town at its center, is located ...

  • Umbria Igt

      Umbria is a wine region tucked in central Italy, surrounded by Tuscany, Latium and the Mar...

Popular Wineries in Umbria View all

  • Paolo Bea

    As a child, I learned this craft from my father. Our history and tradition is the source of our k...

  • Tili

    It is unknown exactly what the head of the Tili family found here among the hills of Assisi when ...

  • Val di Maggio Arnaldo Caprai

    In 1971 Arnaldo Caprai, a successful textile businessman, bought the Val di Maggio estate to fulf...

  • Barberani

    The vineyards of our estate are only a few kilometers away from Orvieto. They are on the hills ov...

  • Adanti: Azienda Agricola

    The Farm covers 30 hectares of land, of which five are given over to mixed crops, five to olive g...

  • Antonelli San Marco

    The estate has been in the Antonelli family since 1881. Although originally from Spoleto, the fam...

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Umbria on Snooth

  • So, when we found out we would not be sending our older daughter to private ... ... (Tuscany? Piemonte? Umbria?) And somewhere in there, we'll stop in Switzerland and visit a few friends.  (Guess I better try some Chasselas soon.)So, wine-loving, world-traveling Snoothers, throw some ideas my way.  Where to eat, stop for wine, cities you woul... Read More

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  • Antinori Cervaro 2006

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    Got this on a "discount rack" at a local liquor store for $8. I was afraid that it may be corked but was relieved to find out that wasn't the case. There's a muskmelon/honeydew element on the nose as well as a distinct floral note. Good acidity on the midpalate and finish. Not a fruit bomb by any means but this is a nice crisp wine. Persona... Read More

    Wine review by Onin24eagle


  • Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Vigna San Valentino 2006

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    Wine review by Klh


  • La Carraia Sangiovese Umbria IGT 2010

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    This smells very much of Cabernet, black currant and bell pepper on the nose. Once the Cabiness calms down, this shows a bit of earthiness, some tree bark tones and hard, black fruit. Rather soft in the mouth, this is broad and a bit chewy with bright black cherry and black currant fruit. Theres fine balance here and the wine is bright if a bit ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Falesco Sangiovese Umbria IGT 2010

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    Tight on the nose with some earthy strawberry fruit and gentle woodsy and smoky top notes. This is really quite smooth on entry, though the minor tannins and integrated acidity help the wine pop on the mid-palate. There fruit shows fine depth, if in a slightly matte style, with a bit of a tea like, extracted feel. A bit rough and rich at the sam... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Vigna San Valentino 2006

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    The nose showed pure cranberry juice, dusty potpourri and herbs. On the palate, I found sour raspberry, minerals and Sour Patch candies. The finish showed a mouth-puckering red fruit. This bottle could use a little more time but, as always, is highly enjoyable to a lover of Italian wine. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso Vigna San Valentino 2006

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    Whenever I see this on a wine list (any vintage) I go for it. A highly versatile wine that never disappoints. So well structured that each layer seems to match whatever flavor profile is needed to go with food, or just to sip alone. Wish I owned more bottles! Read More

    Wine review by Amanda Schuster


  • Tenuta le Velette Orvieto Classico Velico 2007

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    We have been to this winery. Brought home 8 bottles. Then invited too many friends over and it was gone quickly.glad to see it is available. Now we shall decide on how many bottles to purchase. Read More

    Wine review by almdlm


  • Paolo Bea White Blend Umbria IGT Bianco Santa Chiara 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Klh


  • Falesco Sangiovese Umbria IGT 2010

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    Barnyard and funk mixed with some cooked fruit- cherries, raspberries and plums, oh my! Acidic, light finish. Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


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