Gamay (o Gamay del Trasimeno)

Gamay (o Gamay del Trasimeno)

Not to be confused with the better-known French Gamay, particularly common in Burgundy, Gamay del Trasimeno has been present in Umbria since the mid-nineteenth century, if not earlier.

Recent studies have shown that this is the same vine that in Sardinia is known as Cannonau, in Veneto as Tai Rosso, in France as Grenache and in Spain as Garnacha.

Popular tradition has it that the introduction of Gamay in Trasimeno is due to Eleonora Alarcon Y Mendozza, who is said to have brought some vines as dowry to the Duke of Corgna on the occasion of their marriage.

It is grown almost exclusively in the wide area of Lake Trasimeno, in the province of Perugia. Gamay, when vinified as a single variety, produces a ruby red wine characterised by fresh, rather fruity aromas and excellent body.

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