Definition - What does Orvieto mean?

DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) Orvieto and Orvieto Classico is the wine region in Lazio and Umbria of Italy. The wines here are mainly white blends primarily of Trebbiano and Grechetto. Some are made with Malvasia, Verdello and Canaiolo.

A small amount of red wines are made under DOC Rosso Orvietano.

WineFrog explains Orvieto

Throughout history, DOC Orvieto was known for sweet and rich golden wine, but today wines are more focused on dry styles and semi-sweet versions.

The sweet and semi-sweet wines which are still made are produced with grapes exposed to botrytis cinerea fungus following harvest. The wine is put in barrels and various crates, and held in humid caves which have been carved out of the local tufa rocks.

The red version of wine from Orvieto is made from a total of 8 different grapes:

  • Aleatico
  • Canaiolo
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Merlot
  • Ciliegiolo
  • Sangiovese
  • Pinot Nero
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