We’re featuring a white from Umbria and a red from Emilia-Romagna this month, two Central Italian regions that both border Tuscany to the East. These are old-school country wines that are meant to be drank everyday and paired with almost anything. They’re also a great value!
2015 Palazzone Terre Vineate Orvieto Classico Superiore – $16
Grapes: 50% Procanico 30% Grechetto 20% Verdello, Drupeggio, and Malvasia
Region: Orvieto, Umbria, Italy
Terroir/Tech: Organic farming practices, stainless steel
Orvieto, perched on a cliff in Umbria, is a tiny historic town with Etruscan roots and plenty of medieval influences that are still obvious today. The property itself dates to the 13th century, with the Dubini family being at the helm since 1969. This blend of grapes indigenous to Orvieto comes from the rocky hillsides overlooking the town and is simultaneously full-bodied, fresh and crisp.
2015 Castellucio Le More Sangiovese – $14
Region: Romagna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Terroir/Tech: Stoney/marl/limestone soils, stainless steel
Castellucio Azienda Agricola is nestled among the Modigliana hills in the Southeast corner of Emilia-Romagna. The estate is comprised of areas called “ronchi,” rock formations protruding from the ground that help provide ideal conditions for viticulture. Sangiovese is native to Modigliana. This expression shows its lighter, brighter side, really allowing the fruit to shine.