Umbria wine region

When it comes to wine, Umbria has long been overshadowed by its famous neighbour to the northwest, Tuscany.  Since the two share similar terrain, climate and cuisine, there would seem to be no good reason for this.  Yet only in recent years has Umbria started to realise its potential.
Orvieto is the best-known Umbrian wine, but this once-famed white has languished for many decades, the victim of DOC regulations that allowed (indeed, mandated) too much of the dull Procanico (Trebbiano Toscano) in the blend.  Recent rule changes are discouraging Procanico in favour of more interesting varieties like the local Grechetto, and Orvieto quality is on the rise.  However, the best examples of the nutty, full-bodied Grechetto are still to be found labelled as IGT Umbria, or from the Colli Martani DOC.
Sangiovese-based reds are good value and can be excellent, as shown by the Torgiano DOCG and the nearby Montefalco Rosso DOC.  Montefalco is, however, better known for its powerful, long-lived wine from the local Sagrantino grape (DOCG since 1993).

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