Wine and oil

Vini Doc e Docg Orvieto

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Perched on a grand tuff cliff, the city of Orvieto stands on a place that was inhabited even before the Etruscan settlements. Attached to the Papal State in the 15th century, it was for a long time considered a favourite place by many Roman popes. The Cathedral, one of the most beautiful national cathedrals and a masterpiece of the Italian Gothic architecture, bears witness to its central role in the church.

The wine tradition of Orvieto has ancient roots. Etruscans had dug cellars in the tuff massif that characterise the area, and in the coolness of these caves fermentation was completed only after several months, leaving the wine with a residual sugar that contributed greatly to its success, while the Romans exported it up to the Gallic territories.

And as perhaps few people know, for centuries some Popes from the nearby city of Rome have appreciated this white wine produced with grapes mainly from Grechetto and Procanico (Paul III Farnese was particularly fond of it, Gregory XVI wanted his body washed with this wine before being buried).

Today, the Orvieto area has two distinct DOC regions that overlap for the entire territory: the wine from the "Orvieto" area (the traditional white wine, produced for centuries, whose regulations, together with the red wine, have been updated towards the further “standardisation” of wines, with a minimum of 40% of Grechetto - the typical grape variety of the area - and a minimum of 20% and a maximum of 40% of Trebbiano or Procanico - the name given to Trebbiano in the area) and the area of Rosso from Orvieto.

The simplification of the production regulations for this last type of wine has led to the introduction of the "Rosso Orvietano or Orvietano Rosso" type, made from Aleatico, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Canaiolo Rosso, Ciliegiolo, Merlot, Montepulciano, Pinot Nero and Sangiovese grapes alone or in combination for at least 70%.

Returning to the Orvieto DOC, we would also like to mention the introduction, among the typologies of the denomination, of the Late Harvest and the Noble Rot, two fine wines made from white grapes.