Orviéto Wine

 

Orvieto is the most famous wine produced in Umbria, Italy. This celebrated white wine has been produced in some capacity for centuries, with several written documents attesting to its popularity and preference. Orvieto could be found at the tables of many members of the nobility, high church and upper crust, and for this reason was referred to as “liquid gold.” 18th century Pope Gregory XVI was said to have requested that his body be washed with Orvieto prior to burial. Early 20th century poet Gabriele d’Annunzio referred to it as “the sun of Italy in a bottle.” 
 
But what these accounts all refer to is the “classic’ style of Orivieto, known as “abboccato” (mouth-filling), heavy and off dry. These days the preferred style is lighter and crisper, though abboccato is still produced. 
 
The vineyards surround the Medieval town of Orvieto, on either side of the Paglia river. The cool-climate, often damp, region is Read more »

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