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WINES FROM UMBRIA

Known as the Green Heart of Italy, Umbria has a deeprooted wine tradition (as well as gastronomic excellence), and despite recent earthquakes their wines are on the rise

U mbria, in central Italy, is a region of lush rolling hills, hilltop villages and iconic historic towns. Nestling in the heart of the Italian peninsula, it is landlocked by Tuscany, Le Marche and Lazio, and is the only Italian region without a coastline or international border. The climate of Umbria is similar to that of neighbouring Tuscany – cold, rainy winters and dry summers with plenty of sunshine, apart from the area west of Perugia, where Lake Trasimeno creates its own microclimate.

The reds are at the opposite end of the scale when it comes to their clout

Local viticulture produces both red and white wines, with Orvieto, produced around the hilltop town of the same name in western Umbria, having the largest percentage of production. This style of wine captures the subtle fruit characters of the Trebbiano and Grechetto grapes, perfect for drinking with lighter dishes or on their own. The reds, on the other hand, are at the opposite end of the scale when it comes to their clout. The native Sagrantino grape, grown around Montefalco, a town perched on yet another picturesque Umbrian hilltop, is a wickedly tannic grape that produces wines high in alcohol. Powerful and dark, the mighty Montefalco Sagrantino is a DOCG, but here we are sampling the local Montefalco Rosso DOC, which blends Sangiovese with Sagrantino, creating less tannic and fruitier wines.

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Welcome to this special issue of Italia! a magazine for everyone who loves Italy. Packed with inspiring features for your next trip to this beautiful country – from ten top reasons to visit Lake Maggiore, a weekend getaway to the natural wilderness of the Po Delta, e-biking in the Dolomites and the Temples of Agrigento in Sicily. All this plus risotto mixes and Fiano white wines on test, a spotlight on classic Italian cars, news, best buys and a dual-language current affairs feature!