The Orvieto white D.O.C. growing area includes the more hilly areas of Orvieto, Allerona, Alviano, Baschi, Castel Giorgio, Castel Viscardo, Fabro, Ficulle, Guardea, Montecchio, Montegabbione, Monteleone d’Orvieto, Porano and a part of the Viterbo area in Lazio.
It is among the most typical Umbrian wines, known since ancient times, and covers 70% of the D.O.C. production in the province of Terni. It is made with the “Orvieto Classico” qualifications, from grapes of the restricted area of the Valle del Paglia, and “Classico Superiore”, with 12° and three months of refining. Regulations call for Trebbiano Toscano (Procanico) and Grechetto (min. 60%) grapes, and other white grape varieties, non aromatic, suitable for cultivation (max. 40%). A further distinction concerns the dry, smooth and sweet, among them the important production of “late harvest” and “muffato”.
Production of “muffato” wines was recently regulated by the Orvieto D.O.C. discipline, the only one in Italy that has it. This wine is also defined a noble mould since it is made with grapes left to be attacked by botrytis cinerea on the vine and harvested in late autumn. The result is a sweet wine, golden yellow tending towards amber, a perfumed, enveloping aroma that is to be tasted with sharp pecorino cheese and honey. Today the dry variation is predominant in the Orvieto area, whereas in the past the smooth version praised by popes, princes and painters was more famous, its more or less intense straw-yellow colour, delicate, fruity and pleasant aromas, and dry flavour with a light bitterish aftertaste. The right match is with a good aperitif, first courses without tomatoes, suitable even for fish courses, boiled meats or roast white meats.
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