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DOC area for white wine in the border region of the Italian regions Umbria and Lazio, The zone covers approximately 2.500 hectares of vineyards in the municipalities Allerona, Alviano, Baschi, Castel Giorgio, Castel Viscardo, Fabro, Ficulle, Guardea, Montecchio, Montegabbione, Monteleone d'Orvieto, Orvieto and Porano in the province of Terni (Umbria), and Bagnoregio , Castiglione in Teverina, Civitella d'Agliano, Graffignano and Lubriano in the province of Viterbo (Lazio). Moisture in autumn gets foggy and so on Botrytis caused noble rot. Viticulture was already here by the Etruscans operated and Orvieto wines had a legendary reputation in the Middle Ages. The painters Pinturicchio (1454-1513) and Luca Signorelli (1441-1523) demanded rations of wine as part of their fee for their work in the Sistine Chapel and in the Orvieto Cathedral. Pope Gregory XIV (1535-1591) also venerated him and decreed in his will that his body should be washed with it before burial.

Orvieto - vineyards around Orvieto

Until the Second World War, the wine was produced in principle sweet and in the typical, straw-braided Pulcinella bottle bottled. Most of the historical sites of the large area are located near the town of Orvieto, which lies on a volcanic table mountain above the river Paglia. The Orvieto Classico area with approximately 1,500 hectares (for which the DOCG status is requested and expected) is located in the middle on both sides of the Paglia and the Corbara Lake. Typical of the white wine is the harmonious, slightly bitter and piquant aroma. He is from Procanico = Trebbiano Toscano and Grechetto Grechetto di Orvieto (about 60%), as well as other approved varieties such as Drupeggio, Malvasia Toscana logo CNRS logo INIST Malvasia Bianca Lunga and Verdello (max 40%) produced. It is matured in the flavors secco, abboccato, amabile and dolce. In addition there are the wine types Superiore (higher alcohol content), Vendemmia tardiva ( late vintage ) and Superiore Muffa Nobile ( noble rot ). Wines from the core area may carry the addition Classico . Well-known producers are Antinori, Barberani, Bigi, La Carraia, Decugnano dei Barbi, Palazzone, Tenuta le Velette and Vitivinicola Colli Orvietani.

There is also a much smaller DOC range for red wines called Rosso Orvietano (Orvietano Rosso).

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