Umbria

A couple of headliner foods include black truffle crostini, made with anchovies, black truffles, and chicken livers (mashed into a tasty spread); and pasta with rabbit ragout made with pancetta, cloves and herbs, and drunken hen or "gallina umbriacca", made with plenty of wine from Oriveto (a white Italian wine typical of the region of Umbria), herbs and root vegetables. Umbria and its attractions as well as food and wine are best described as simple; however simple does not mean that it is not compelling, in fact the area is alluring because if its simplicity. The region is the geographic center of Italy and holds a rich history and tradition. It features wonderful forests, striking hills, mountains and bluffs, medieval towns, fantastic panorama's, and compelling, unique, spectacular food and wine. Perugia is the capital and is a must experience city featuring museums, art, architecture, ruins and castles. Additional attractions include the festivals of jazz, chocolate and truffles, a world class language school, truffle hunting, and the famous Italian chocolate maker which shares the cities name. Probably the most interesting time to visit is during mid September to early October during grape harvest season, or Vendemmia, when the harvest varietals such as Sagrentino, Montefalco Rosso, Trebbiano, and Grecchetto are being harvested for wine making. Other key areas include Assisi, Oriveto, and Nari. Nari is an interesting place as it is technically the absolute center point of Italy, possessing some dynamic examples of ancient Italy, and is an absolute treasure trove of attractions.


Tuscany (Toscana)
 
Wines of interest:
Super Tuscan blends of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon are an obvious highlight if not for their quality for there commercial success; Brunello di Montalcino, Montepulciano, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, any of the Vin Santo’s and our favorite Carmignano. Really there are so many really outstanding wines within this region however there are also a great deal of pretenders, more so than any other region, with that said it is critical to shop carefully.
 
Specialty and gourmet foods of the region:
Beans (Fagioli), beef (specifically from Chianina cattle from the area of Maremma), noble game such as wild boar (our favorite), duck, rabbit, pigeon, squab, various sausage combinations (from Cinta Senese swine), Lardo di Colonnata (a fatty, succulent bacon),  as well as olive oil, and various fresh and preserved vegetables.
 
 
Wine Zones of Tuscany, Italy
DOCG wine zones: Brunello di Montalcino, Camignano, Chianti, Chianti Colli Fiorentini, Chianti Colli Senesi, Chianti Colline Pisane, Chianti dei Aretini, Chianti Montalbano, Chianti Montespertoli, Chianti Rufina, Chianti Classico, Morelino di Scansano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
DOC wine zones: Ansonica Costa dell’Arggentaria, Barco Reale di Carmignano, Bianca dell’Empalese, Bianco Pisano di San Tarpe’, Bolgheri, Candia dei Colli Apuani, Capalbia, Colli dell’Etruria Centrale, Colline Lucchesi, Cortona, Elba, Montecarlo, Montecucco, Monteregio di Massa Marittima, Montescudaio, Moscadello di Montalcino, Orcia, Parrina, Pietraviva, Pomino, Rosso di Montalcino, Rosso di Montepulciano, San Gimignano, Sant’Antimo, Sovana, Terratico di Bibbona, Terre di Casole, Val d’Arbia, Val d’Cornia, Valdichiana, Valdinievole, Vin Santo del Chianti, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico, Vin Santo di Montepulciano
IGT wine zones: Alta Valle della Greve, Colli della Toscana Centrale, Maremma Toscana, Montecastelli, Toscana, Val di Magra,
 
 
 


Provinces:
Arezzo (AR), Firenze (FI), Grosseto (GR), Livorno (LI), Lucca (LU), Massa Carrara (MS), Pisa (PI), Pistoia (PT), Siena (SI)
Capital: Firenze
-Population: 3.75 million


White (Bianco): Trebbiano, Malvasia, Vermentino, Vernaccia.

Red (rosso): Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot



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