Umbria Blog | Wine tasting at Pucciarella

Umbria is the green heart of Italy and these green hills, the climate and the soil are excellent for making good wines. Abroad Umbrian wines are less known, which is a shame because the wines of this region are of high quality. In Umbria the Etruscans made wine two thousand years ago, but also the Romans in the 3rd century b.C. appreciated the wines.

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Merlot grapes

The most famous Umbrian wine is the white Orvieto, the Orvieto DOC and the Orvieto Classico DOC. The most interesting Umbrian red wines come from Torgiano and Montefalco. The founder of the Torgiano wines is the Lungarotti family. The red wine from Torgiano is mostly made of Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes.

In the Trasimeno area is cultivated the lesser known Gamay grape. Within a short distance from Perugia, Assisi and Cortona is the estate “azienda agricola Pucciarella” (300 m above sea level). From its hills one can see as far as Torgiano to one side and Lake Trasimeno to the other side. The vineyards of Pucciarella measure 80 hectares.

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At Pucciarella different kinds of grapes are harvested, such as Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot and Sangiovese. They produce a characteristic Brut Spumante made by 100% Chardonnay grapes:”Chardonnay in purezza”, as well as a Brut Rosé of 100% Pinot nero grapes which is an elegant wine and very suitable for appetizers.

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Colli del Trasimeno Bianco Scelto DOC

The red and white wines of Pucciarella are of high quality. The red wine Colli del Trasimeno DOC is made from only Cabernet grapes without any use of sulphites. This is quite exceptional. The wine gives an intense aroma of forest fruits, plums and spices. A harmonious wine good to combine with with pasta meals, red meat and old sheep cheese.

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Colli del Trasimeno Cabernet DOC

Pucciarella produces elegant wines thanks to the combination of exposure, soil characteristics, altitude and the low yield per vine. The wines have great character and are an excellent expression of the Umbrian terroir.

Cantina Pucciarella is opened daily. You can visit the winery without reservation and taste different kinds of wine. A nice experience and worth a visit when you are in Umbria.

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Umbria Blog | Bellavita EXPO Amsterdam RAI

UmbriaTopWines is an association for wine producers in Umbria. Together they travel all over the world to present their TOP wines. Last weekend a few wine producers of this association were present at the Bellavita Food & Wine Expo in Amsterdam RAI.

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Il Torrione is a small wine producer whose owner is Antonio. He originally comes from Rome but he is very passionate about Umbrian wines. His estate in Gualdo Cattaneo comprises 2 hectares of vineyards. He produces about 1500 – 2000 bottles of Sagrantino di Montefalco and 7000 bottles of Rosso di Montefalco wine. The wines he produces are of high quality, one can taste his passion.

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During the Bellavita Expo many people enjoyed the wines of Il Torrione. Especially the Bianco IGT (100% Trebbiano Spoletino). Not only because of the taste but also for it’s colour orange. Also the Rosso di Montefalco (70% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 15% Sagrantino) and the Sagrantino Passito (100% Sagrantino) were very much appreciated.

The Rosso di Montefalco 2012 wine was listed to be qualified by a jury. During the presentation of the Italian wines, Il Torrione received a qualification of 3 stars, which is the best qualification you can get at the Bellavita Expo!

Umbria has beautiful wines that are really worth tasting. Especially the Sagrantino wine is very special.

Curious about the wines of Il Torrione? You can order them directly through their website or by sending an email.

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And would you fancy a stay at Antonio’s wine estate? Ask us for more information.

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Umbria Blog | Grape Harvest at Il Torrione

The Italian word for the grape harvest is “vendemmia”. The vendemmia calendar in Umbria and South Tuscany is in late September, early October. In other parts of Italy this may be different, but early to mid fall is the period in Umbria and Tuscany.

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In September we’ve had good weather in Umbria. Antonio, the wine maker and owner of Il Torrione, started with harvesting early October. The reason to start later was to get higher sugar levels and lower acidity in the grapes for a better wine production.

Il Torrione is an agriturismo with apartments, swimming pool, vineyards and olive groves. Il Torrione produces wine (Rosso di Montefalco wine, Sagrantino wine, Passito red/white IGT) and extra vergine olive oil.

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At Il Torrione they all hand pick the grapes. This traditional old method is better for the wine quality than machine-harvesting.

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A hail storm hit late August and unfortunately many grapes were destroyed, but it wasn’t a total loss, fortunately.

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First they harvested the Trebbiano Spoletino. This grape is a typical grape from the area. This white wine has an orange color. How come?

Generally for a white wine it is not necessary to separate the stems from the grape, the fruit is pressed immediately. But this is not the case here. They leave the skin of the grapes in the must.

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The fermentation and maceration of the wine is in stainless steel tanks for about 45 days. After 45 days, the skins will be removed from the juice and the aging in the tanks will be about 6 months. This is the reason why this white wine is “Orange” and not white. This wine is an IGT wine, which means that this particular wine comes from a specific wine producing area.

Il Torrione is a wonderful location among vineyards and olive groves. The three apartments with swimming pool are a small paradise. La Vigna apartments has wonderfuls views over the surrounding olive groves and grape vines. Just picture your self sipping a good glass of Sagrantino wine made by Il Torrione and looking over the green landscape.

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You can book these apartments through Villa in Umbria. Antonio does not live on the property. Devis is the caretaker of La Vigna and Antonio’s right hand. He takes care of the agriturismo and its guests.

La Vigna is a lovely holiday location in the green heart of Italy, Umbria.

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