Wines from the Lago di Corbara DOC (created in 1998) break the mold of typical Umbrian wine production. The lake was created during the earlier part of the 20th century when a dam was built across the river Tiber. The milder climate promoted cultivation of the land and successful vineyard plantings.
Due to wine being a relatively new industry to the region, producers were not constrained by tradition and realized the opportunity they had to produce wines which were adaptable to market trends. As a result of this, none of the single varietal wines produced under the DOC are indigenous Italian grapes: instead they are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir (or Pinot Nero, as it is known in Italy). The exception to this is the rosso wine which must contain at least 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero or Sangiovese, but allows various indigenous grapes to complete the blend. The Lago di Corbara DOC is purely a red-wine production area, and all wines must be aged for 12 months.