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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 before fermentation and oak aging. The “abbocato” style, once the most popular, fell out of favor for its sweetness, but has reinvented itself of late as a sought after dessert wine. 
 
Another popular Umbrian white wine is a blend of Chardonnay with a small percentage of Grechetto, creating a uniquely Italian expression of this popular international blending grape. Other producers have taken to working with varietals such as Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. 
 
But as popular as these whites are, the two DOCGs are based on powerful red wines: Montefalco Sagrantino (the name refers to the town first, then the grape Sagrantino) has evolved from a tannic, austere wine to one of dependable complexity and age-worthiness that has well earned its superior labeling status. Montefalco Rosso is the DOC version, a step down in aging requirements, though both must contain a minimum 95% Sagrantino. There is also a fantastic passito dessert version. 
 
As Sagrantino is to Montefalco, so is Sangiovese to the area surrounding Lake Trasimeno. The Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG is its companion based on Sangiovese, another wine that can age for decades. This wine is a blend of Sangiovese with 30% Canailo, with small percentages if Trebbiano, Ciliegiolo and/or Montepulciano. ~Amanda Schuster
 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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Umbria is in the center of Italy, it's also so-called "the green heart of Italy". It's one of the greatest place to go for wine lovers, vineyards and breathtaking coutrysides hosts beautiful and traditiona cellars with great wines, for all tastes and prices. Best places for wine lovers: Bevagna+Montefalco. You can find info about the region, from wine reviews to recipes and activities on http://umbrialoversblog.blogspot.com a wine written from 2 locals. – Description from UmbriaLovers

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