Wine Touring in Umbria

Though Umbrian wines may be new to most travellers to the region, winemaking in Umbria has been going on for centuries! The craft began in ancient times, around 6th century B.C. by the mysterious Etruscans and was carried on by the Romans. In the middleages (c. 1200), the popes of the time discovered the sweet wines of Orvieto, and turned Lake Corbara into their official summer retreat; and the sweet wine Sagrantino, from Montefalco, began to be used as the “sacred” wine in Catholic ceremonies. In the 1960s, the “dry” wines of Umbria began to be recognized, giving the zone DOC, and later, DOCG statuses. The main Umbrian grape varietals of Grechetto, Trebbiano, Sangiovese and Sagrantino are now cultivated vigorously, producing the excellent wines we drink today. The single best day to wine tour in Umbria is on Cantine Aperte (Wineries Open), held anually, the last Sunday in May. Almost every winery in the area is open for tours, tastings, food, and concerts – a not to miss event if you are visiting Umbria!

  1. Wine tasting in Torgiano

    A relatively small area (there are only 2 major wineries), Torgiano is one of the most important winemaking areas of Umbria as it was the first in the region to receive both DOC and DOCG status for it’s wines.  
    A visit to the Terre Margaritelli winery can be combined with horseback riding and wine-tasting lunch in the vineyards.  Afterwards, head up  La Strada del Vino e dell’Arte – the Wine and Art Itinerary to Brufa, a quircky medieval hilltown filled with 25 years of modern art sculptures, it overlooks the vineryards of the Torgiano Valley. 

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  2. Wineries in Cannara - Bevagna

    Small but extraordinary wineries dot the countryside in the beautiful rolling hillside that stretches between the town of Cannara and the charming, medieval Bevagna.  
    Di Filippo, a certified organic and biodynamic winery, is the sole producer of Vernaccia di Cannara, a local wine made from the Cornetta grape that is traditionally drunk on Easter morning.
    Just down the road, Cantina Dionigi, family winemakers since 1896, offers lovely wines and a breathtaking view of the valley from the terrazzo above their underground winery.  
    For a modern twist on winemaking, take a tour of the Tenuta Castelbuono winery, know locally as the carapace, or tortoise shell, it is an art sculpture all on it’s own.

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  3. Wineries near Spello - Assisi

    Spello and Assisi are two of the most popular towns in Umbria, but the small local wineries of the area are often times overlooked by tourists.  Take a walk down Spello’s flower lined roads and outside the walls of the town to pass the historic Villa Fidelia and you will come to the Sportoletti winery, known also for their excellent extra-virgin olive oil.
    After a long day touring the religious and historic meccas of Assisi and Santa Maria degli Angeli, head down into the valley for an aperitivo at Saio winery and take in the stunning views of Assisi.

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  4. Wine tasting in Montefalco

    Arguably the most important wine zone of the region, Montefalco is home to Umbria’s second DOCG, the native Sagrantino grape, and over 100 wineries.  Start at Arnaldo-Caprai, the flagship winery of the area, to sample one of the most refined Sagrantinos around.  After the state-of-the-art stylings of Caprai, try Fattoria Colleallodole di Milziade Antano.  Though it is known locally as “Chateau Garage” because of the bare-bones winery, their traditional method of making Sagrantino can’t be beat.
    For a historic look at winemaking in Montefalco, take a tour of the Scacciadiavoli winery. Their 19th century winery was the first of it’s kind in the area and still uses gravity to move grapes through the building during wine production. 

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  5. Wineries near Todi-Orvieto

    Todi and Orvieto are both staggering hilltop towns known for fantastic white wines made from the native Grechetto grape.
    In Todi, take a break from the world at the Roccafiore winery.  In addition to producing wine, they offer a full service wellness center spa and restaurant.
    For a truly epicurean experience, the Altarocca winery in Orvieto also feautures a restaurant which elevates traditional Umbrian cuisine to match their international style wines. 
    The perfect place to sip Orvieto Classico is by Lake Corbara at the Barberani winery.  Also, don’t miss their sweet “Noble Rot” wine  - a rare treat to enjoy with sharp Umbrian cheeses.

    *All of the wineries mentioned above practice Sustainable, Certified Organic, and/or Biodynamic farming methods.

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