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Umbria has a favourable climate for both reds and whites and a natural vocation for producing fine grapes for wine making. One of Umbria’s most famous exports is Orvieto, an appellation that has long pleased consumers in both its traditional abboccato style and as a modern dry wine. The golden, off-dry abboccato and amabile styles have recently been rediscovered as dessert wines.

Umbria has some fine reds, not least those produced from the distinctive Sagrantino grape. Sagrantino is grown on the hills around Montefalco, making both dry and sweet wines of great character and finesse.

Umbria has also had great success with grapes originating from other parts of the world, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Nero, which seem to thrive in on its temperate slopes. Merlot and Barbera have been planted for many years. There is great potential for non-native varietals, although the wines that the Umbrians are perhaps most proud of will seldom be seen outside the region. Their noble Vin Santo, made from Grechetto or Malvasia grapes that are semi-dried on straw mats for extra concentration, is a highly prized local speciality that is enjoyed as a partner for the regional cuisine.

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