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Wine Classification

  • Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC): guarantees that only grapes from the region of provenance have been used to make the wine. The DOC seal also guarantees that a series of regulations laid down by the Italian Agriculture Ministry have been followed in the growing and fermenting processes.
  • Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG): an additional certification above the DOC denomination that includes the chemical make up of the wine.
  • Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT): guarantees that at least 85% of the grapes used to make the wine have come from the area of provenance on the label.


Assisi (DOC) Ministerial decree 18/11/95 (G.U. no. 284 dated 06/12/95)
A series of favourably exposed vineyards in low hill areas ranging from 180 to 550 metres above sea level, between Assisi and Spello, as well as in the area around Perugia, where the following wines are produced: Bianco, Grechetto, Rosso, Rosato, Novello.

Bettona (IGT) Ministerial decree 18/11/95 (G.U. no. 284 dated 06/12/95)

Cannara (IGT) Ministerial decree 18/11/95 (G.U. no. 284 dated 06/12/95)

Colli Altotiberini (DOC) Ministerial decree 22/01/80 (G.U. no. 175 dated 27/06/80)
The low hills around Perugia, in an area crossed by the river Tiber, produce the following wines:
Bianco with Trebbiano Toscano vines, Malvasia del Chianti with the addition of three other white grapes from the region, stands out for its straw-yellow colour, its pleasant dry and aromatic bouquet, and its minimal alcohol content of just 10.5%; Goes with: fish.
Rosso and Rosato from Sangiovese, Merlot, Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia del Chianti grapes (other red vines from the area can be used in substitution of the above listed); displays an intense, ruby colour and a winey, pleasant taste that verges on the dry, round note. Minimum alcohol content 11.5%. Good for drinking. The pale pink colouring of the rosé has a slightly fruity bouquet with dry, fresh and lively notes. Minimum alcohol content 11.5%;. Good for drinking.

Colli del Trasimeno orTrasimeno (DOC) Ministerial decree 13/01/72 (G.U. no. 84 dated 29/03/72)
This area comprises the hills that run from around Lake Trasimene to Perugia itself and produces the following whites, reds and rosés: Bianco, Bianco Scelto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay, Grechetto, Merlot, Rosato, Rosso, Rosso Scelto, Spumante Classico,Vin Santo or Vino Santo.

Colli Martani (DOC) Ministerial decree 21/12/88 (G.U. no. 145 dated 23/06/89)
From a series of well-exposed wineries that spread over a number of Comuni in the province of Perugia, come the following wines: Trebbiano, Grechetto, Grechetto di Todi, Sangiovese.

Colli Perugini (DOC) Ministerial decree 21/10/81 (G.U. no. 100 dated 13/04/82)
Still in the province of Perugia, in part of the lands under the juristiction of the Comuni of Deruta, Marsciano, Fratta Todina, Monte Castello di Vibio, Plegaro and Perugia, as well as in the province of Terni, in part of the Comune of San Venanzo, the following reds, whites and rosés are produced: Bianco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grechetto, Merlot, Novello, Pinot Grigio, Rosato, Rosso, Sangiovese, Spumante, Trebbiano, Vin Santo or Vino Santo.

Montefalco (DOC) Ministerial decree 30/10/79 (G.U. no. 108 dated 19/04/80)
The Montefalco Bianco and Rosso wines take their name from the town of Montefalco, in the province of Perugia and are produced all around Montefalco, as well as in some of the neighbouring Comuni.

Montefalco Sagrantino (DOCG) Ministerial decree 30/10/79 (G.U. no. 160 dated 19/04/80)
Cultivated in well-exposed vineyards around Montefalco, Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo, Castel Ritaldi and Giano Dell’Umbria, the following wines are produced from the Sagrantino grape:
Secco: displays an intense, ruby-red colouring that can contain purplish reflections. The delicate aroma is reminiscent of oak and the taste is dry and harmonious. Minimum alcohol content13%;. Aged for at least 30 months. Good with roasts.
Passito :  made from wilting Sagrantino grapes, the Passito has the same characteristics as the its red counterpart but with an additional punch that is nevertheless harmonious and pleasant on the palate. Minimum alcohol content 14.5%;. Aged for at least 30 months. Ideal as a dessert wine.

Spello (IGT) Ministerial decree 18/11/95 (G.U. no. 284 dated 06/12/95)

Torgiano (DOC) Ministerial decree 20/03/68 (G.U. no. 132 dated 25/10/68)
The following wines are produced around Torgiano, also in the province of Perugia: Bianco di Torgiano, Rosso di Torgiano, Rosato di Torgiano, Chardonnay di Torgiano, Pinot Grigio di Torgiano, Riesling Italico di Torgiano, Cabernet Sauvignon di Torgiano, Pinot Nero di Torgiano, Torgiano Spumante.

Torgiano Rosso Riserva (DOCG) Ministerial decree 20/10/90 (G.U. no. 59 dated 11/03/91)
This wine of ancient notoriety has spread far beyond the confines of Umbria. It is prepared prevalently with Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes, blended with Trebbiano Toscano, Ciliegiolo and Montepulciano (maximum 10%), all grown in vineyards adjacent to the Medieval ‘Turris Jani’, or Torgiano (Perugia). It distinguishing traits are a brilliant transparency in red and ruby colouring, coupled with a delicately dry, winey taste with a good body. Minimum alcohol content 12.5%;. Aged at least 3 years. Good for roasts.

Umbria (IGT) Ministerial decree 18/11/95 (G.U. no. 284 dated 06/12/95)



Allerona (IGT) Ministerial decree 18/11/95 (G.U. no. 284 dated 06/12/95)

Colli Amerini (DOC) Ministerial decree 25/11/89 (G.U. no. 135 dated 12/06/90)
Comes from grapes grown in favourable conditions in the foothills of the Apennines around Terni and produces the following wines: Bianco, Rosso, Rosato, Novello, Malvasia.

Lago di Corbara (IGT) Ministerial decree 18/11/95 (G.U. no. 284 dated 06/12/95)
A number of reds known with the overall label of Lago di Corbara, come from vineyards that occupy most of the land around Baschi, part of the land around Corbara and Orvieto. This denomination is reserved for the following grapes: Rosso,Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,Pinot Nero.

Narni (IGT) Ministerial decree 18/11/95 (G.U. no. 284 dated 06/12/95)

Orvieto (DOC) Ministerial decree 07/08/71 (G.U. no. 219 dated 31/08/71)
This ancient wine, known in antiquity as a favourite among popes and princes, is still produced in all of the thirteen Comuni comprised under the administration of Terni, which include Orvieto itself and extend to five Comuni in the province of Viterbo. The Orvieto Bianco is obtained from a combination of Trebbiano Toscano, known locally as Procanico (40-60%), Verdello (15-25%), Grechetto, Canaiolo Bianco (known locally as Drupeggio), Malvasia Toscana (not above 20%). Other varieties of white grape can also be used, but not in proportions that exceed 15%. The straw yellow colouring of this wine gives way to a delicate bouquet that reveals an intense body, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. But Orvieto Bianco is developed in amabile, dry and delicate versions. Minimum alcohol level 11.5%. Suitable as a table wine of for after meals. The addition of Classico to the label indicates that the wine comes from the oldest production area. Superiore indicates that the wine has been launched on the market on March 1st after harvesting, with a minimum alcohol content of 12%.

Rosso Orvietano or Orvientano Rosso (DOC)
The term "Rosso Orvietano" or "Orvietano Rosso" is used to indicate wines that come from grapes grown within a specific area in the province of Terni, which comprises 14 Comuni, including that of Orvieto.

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