At Wine Link Italy we offer excursions that immerse our guests in the authentic life and culture of Umbria’s wine regions. We generally concentrate on small producers, not always those who are the most famous, but who strive to achieve high-quality and represent the region’s terroirs. When possible, our groups are met by the proprietors of the wineries. Meals are eaten either at the wineries or at restaurants with regional specialties, and itineraries might combine winery visits with other local farms (e.g. cheese makers), museums, historic sites and cooking classes.
MONTEFALCO & BEVAGNA
Montefalco is a beautiful village in the center of Umbria. It is known as the balcony of Umbria thanks to its enchanting geographic position, on the top of a hill at the heart of the valleys of the Clitunno, Topino and Tevere rivers. It is famous for its frescos, its Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance churches and Sanctuaries but most of all it is famous for its great wines! Together with Montefalco, another pretty village is Bevagna.
The two towns represent the most famous and recognized area of wine production in Umbria.
Here the ‘Man in Red’ triumphs. Sagrantino is the most precious native grape in Umbria. This wine was once used by friars during religious rites, leading to the name Sagrantino, similar to the Italian word for sacraments. Precious is the production of Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG wine (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin), one of only two DOCG wines in the region, and Montefalco Red DOC wine (Controlled Designation of Origin). Other famous grapes are Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet for the red grape as well as the indigenous Grechetto and Trebbiano Spoletino for the white grape.
The tour will allow you to know about the Sagrantino grape by following different approaches of production, enjoy wine and food samples and be delighted by people, climate and great landscapes.
The itinerary touches the center of one or few of these towns: Montefalco, Bevagna, Castel Ritaldi, Giano dell’Umbria and Gualdo Cattaneo.
It is the oldest wine territory in Umbria, populated since Etruscans and Romans. Being situated on the flat top of a large hill of volcanic tuff, the panorama is unique. The heart of the town is Piazza del Duomo which hosts the symbol of the town in the world: the Duomo of Orvieto and many ancient palaces.
For over 2500 years life has been characterized by the colorful presence of grapes arranged in neat rows in the suggestive landscapes.
The Orvieto DOC and the Orvieto Classico DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) are reserved exclusively for white wines. The first one covers sweet and dry styles, which come in standard and higher-quality superior variants. The wines are the result of a combination of Procanico (known as Trebbiano Toscano) and Grechetto grapes. The following types of Orvieto and Orvieto Classico DOC are possible: secco (dry), abboccato (sweetish), amabile (slightly sweet), sweet, superiore, late harvest and Muffa Nobile (Noble Mold). The latest which is a “muffato” wine it is the result of grapes being attacked by botrytis cinerea and harvested in late autumn. It is a sweet and perfumed wine, golden.
In the same area, especially in Amelia and Narni surroundings, you can also taste the Ciliegiolo IGT (Typical Geographic Indication), a red wine produced by the Ciliegiolo grape whose color and aroma derives from the cherry (ciliegia in Italian).
TRASIMENO LAKE & ITS SURROUNDINGS
We are in the western part of the province of Perugia near the Trasimeno Lake. Half of its shores are surrounded by hills rich in olive trees and vineyards. Towns are full of ancient remnants and wonderful views. Travelling along the Trasimeno Hills leads people to meet the land of “Perugino”: the well-known painter named Pietro Vannucci born in Città della Pieve. He was the finest interpreter of Lake Trasimeno, enclosed between hills and villages, land and water, art and history.
The area is DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) certified and the production of wine makes use of a pretty high quantity of grape varieties. Among the white berried grapes there is Grechetto, Trebbiano Toscano, Verdello and Verdicchio. Among red berried grapes are cultivated Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Interesting is the presence of Gamay to be considered as a particular case in the spreading of this renowned grape. There are three DOC certifications called: Colli del Trasimeno Doc, Colli Perugini Doc , Colli Altotberini Doc.
The itinerary touches the center of one or few of these towns: Castiglione del Lago, Tuoro and Passignano sul Trasimeno, Citta’ della Pieve, Piegaro, Paciano, Panicale, Magione and Corciano.
PERUGIA & ITS SURROUNDINGS
The greatest romantic poets found their inspiration in the heart of Umbria. An evocative name, “Cantico” means hymn of love, is used for a path that ventures out between vineyards that has given life to a famous series of wines: Torgiano Red Reserve is DOCG wine (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) certified and five with DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) certifications: Assisi, Torgiano, Todi, Colli Martani and Colli Perugini.
Torgiano was the first area in Umbria to achieve two important certifications: the DOC (Denomination of Origin) in 1968 and the DOCG (Guaranteed and Controlled Denomination of Origin) in 1990. The Torgiano Red Reserve DOCG wine is mainly produced with Sangiovese and Canaiolo nero grape. The production of Torgiano’s DOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) wine is wide and includes white, red rose and sparkling wines.
The itinerary touches the center of one or few of these towns: Perugia, Assisi, Bettona, Cannara, Collazzone, Fratta Todina, Massa Martana, Marsciano, Monte Castello di Vibio, Spello, Todi and Torgiano.
UPPER TIBER VALLEY AND GUBBIO
The Upper Tiber Valley is the northern most Umbrian territory. The Valtiberina (or Val Tiberina) is a valley that begins in Romagna and unfolds between Tuscany and Umbria, parallel to the Casentino and with the upper course of the river Tiber. Often the valley is divided into the Tuscan Valtiberina and the Umbrian Valtiberina, as a result of the division created in the valley in the Middle Ages between 1385 and 1441. There are eight leading towns in the region. The hill towns of Gubbio, Citerna, Montone, Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, and Pietralunga are sleepy hamlets with magnificent views.