An exploration of taste
An exploration of taste from the elegance of Rosso di Torgiano to the floral freshness of Grechetto di Todi wines
Put on your portable cup holder and start your trip from Perugia to Todi: in this area grechetto, Sangiovese and Trebbiano grapes are cultivated (also used for the Vin Santo), joined in recent decades with some international varieties such as pinot grigio, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
An obligatory stop must be made in Torgiano, a small village which grew around the medieval castle, but now only a few walls and a tower remain. In the world of wine Torgiano is synonymous with a great Sangiovese, one of the first Italian DOCG. You can not miss out on a visit to the Wine Museum, the New York Times called it the best wine-themed visit in Italy and this can be followed by the Olive and Oil Museum, which is not far away. If you have time, for something a little off topic, but not too much, visit the Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art with the permanent exhibition "Vaselle d'Autore" for new wine.
If you develop an appetite: tagliatelle with chicken giblets and rabbit alla cacciatora with torta al testo ed erbe di campo cake. To drink, preferably red, either Torgiano or a choice between the DOC from Assisi, Colli Perugini or Colli Martani.
The afternoon begins with a stroll through the medieval town of Monte Castello di Vibio: where you can visit the Concordia theatre, "The Smallest Theatre in the World".
We continue along the road towards Todi, an Etruscan city: the city rests on two hills which have always been a natural border for those crossing the Tiber valley. Hence the Etruscan name "tuder" frontier. It is a beautiful village nestled in one of the most picturesque areas of the region, with a historical centre clearly of medieval origin, boasting religious and civil buildings of great prestige. Walking around the city: the church of Santa Maria della Consolazione, the monument to Jacopone da Todi, the San Fortunato temple, the municipal buildings and the cathedral Santa Maria Annunziata.
Here the star of the homonymous DOC is the grechetto, historically grown in the variety known as "Todi" the area and climate suit white grapes, although there are some red wines made from sangiovese and merlot.