Umbria has had a long and venerable tradition of making wine, and while the first historical accounts were provided by Pliny the elder in his encyclopedic "Natural History ", archaeological discoveries indicate that a vine culture already existed here under the Etruscans. Though sadly it has being overshadowed by its more famous neighbor Tuscany.
Today Umbria ranks 16th among the regions in size and 17th in respect to population. It has a varied landscape with mountains covering 53% of its surface and hills 41%. All the valleys are protected by the mountain groups scattered through out the region. Approximately 15% of the wines are entitled to DOC status.
However Orvieto and Orvieto Classico are with out doubt Umbria's best-known wine accounting for two thirds of the quality wine produced here. Typically it is produced from such native varieties such as Grechetto, Trebbiano/Trebbianino Spoletino, Verdello. It owes much of its success being a pleasant affordable every day wine to be enjoyed with food.
While mainly regarded as a white wine region as result of Orvieto things have changed. “Another year another six Three Glass wines. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to call it the “Umbrian miracle” write Gambero Rosso the ultimate guide to Italian wines. So take care to try some