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Orvieto Wine

Orvieto is unquestionably the best-known wine of Umbria, central Italy, and accounts for 80% of the region's vineyard area. The wine industry has played as vital role in the region's culture and economy for hundreds of years.

Orvieto, town and vineyards

The vineyards which produce Orvieto wine are planted on both sides of the Paglia, the river which flows through Orvieto town en route to its confluence with the Tiber. The tufaceous soils and bedrock which are so characteristic of the area not only contribute to the quality of the local terroir, but are also well suited to the excavation of cellars for long-term storage. This tufo rock (as in Greco di Tufo) has similar uses around Chinon and Saumur-Champigny, in France's Loire Valley, where it is known as tuffeau.

The Orvieto DOC is reserved exclusively for white wine. It covers sweet and dry styles, which come in standard and higher-quality superiore variants. The wines are made from a combination of Procanico (known as Trebbiano Toscano) and Grechetto, which together must account for at least 60% of the finished blend. The remaining 40% can be made up of any combination of other white varieties, provided they are sanctioned for use within the Viterbo province. Canaiolo Bianco and Malvasia Toscana are likely candidates.

Orvieto wines have transformed as consumer tastes have changed and it is now more commonly found as a dry, peach-scented wine, with a clean, crisp profile and moderate acidity. The golden, semi-sweet Orvieto Abboccato style, once admired by popes and princes travelling through the area, is still produced and is cherished locally. To keep up with the increasing quality expectations of the global wine market, Orvieto's producers have invested considerably in technology and techniques to refine their methods and produce wines with greater character. Considerations for this include lower grape yields, careful selection and increased skin contact prior to fermentation.

As is the case in many of Italy's most famous wine regions, the Orvieto viticultural area has a classico zone: a traditional, 'classic' vineyard area which theoretically produces the best-quality wines. This is sited around Orvieto town itself, and extends slightly eastwards to take in the land around Lake Corbara. Its western boundary mirrors the regional border with Lazio just a few miles away. Wines made here, provided they meet the DOC's production conditions, may be labeled as Orvieto Classico.

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Here are some wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
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Marchesi Antinori Santa Cristina Campogrande Orvieto Classico, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $11 6152
Argillae Orvieto, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $15 6355
Ruffino Orvieto Classico, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $8 7022
Bigi Orvieto Classico Amabile, Umbria, Italy Trebbiano (Ugni Blanc) $8 8334
Palazzone Terre Vinate Orvieto Classico Superiore, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $13 12163
Marchesi Antinori Casasole Orvieto Classico Amabile, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $11 13489
Bigi Orvieto Classico, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $8 16277
Marchesi Antinori Castello della Sala 'San Giovanni della Sala' Orvieto Classico Superiore, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $16 21905
Barberani Castagnolo Orvieto Classico Superiore, Umbria, Italy Trebbiano (Ugni Blanc) $15 23844
Palazzone Orvieto, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $11 24293
Melini Orvieto Classico Secco, Umbria, Italy Trebbiano (Ugni Blanc) $8 26055
Titignano Salviano Orvieto Classico Superiore, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $13 26534
La Carraia Orvieto Classico, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $10 27831
Rocca delle Macie Orvieto Classico, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $11 29316
Decugnano dei Barbi 'Villa Barbi' Orvieto Classico, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $13 30227
Sergio Mottura Orvieto Secco, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $15 30522
Barbi Secco Orvieto Classico, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $10 31887
Decugnano dei Barbi Il Bianco di Decugnano Orvieto Classico Superiore, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $20 38141
Barbi Abboccato Orvieto Classico, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $10 40782
Tenuta Le Velette Berganorio Orvieto Classico Secco, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $10 42735
Palazzone Campo del Guardiano Orvieto Classico Superiore, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $21 42929
Palazzone Orvieto Classico Superiore, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $11 43336
Barberani Calcaia Muffa Nobile Dolce Orvieto Classico Superiore, Italy Orvieto Blend White $46 45261
Tenuta Le Velette Lunato Orvieto Classico Superiore, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $15 45468
Melini Orvieto Classico Amabile, Umbria, Italy Orvieto Blend White $8 47597
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