Umbria has produced wines for over 3000 years and is now becoming internationally regarded for it’s unique grape varieties and terroir.  It is where you’ll find some of the most amazing, delightfully undervalued Italian wines – from the crisp, dry white wines of Grechetto and Trebbiano Spoletino to the deep colored, antioxidant-rich reds of Sangiovese and Sagrantino.  Umbria can cater for all palettes.   The Lake House is a great base for wine touring and here is a list of boutique producers in the Lake Trasimeno area where the focus is on small batch, quality production and respect for the environment. 

Castello di Magione is a magnificent medieval castle originally built as a hostel for pilgrims travelling to Rome in the XII century. Wine production here began in the Middle Ages and its wine is produced from vineyards nestled into the hills that encircle Lake Trasimeno in Umbria.

Total property: 530 hectares, with 32 under vine

Altitude 235-350 m above sea level

Planting density: 5,000 vines per hectare

Grapes: 55% red, including Pinot Nero, Merlot, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Canaiolo. 45% white, predominantly Grechetto, as well as chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Trebbiano.

The estate’s vineyard Poggio Bertaio was born in 1972 when Fabio, father of the current owners, moved to Castiglione del Lago and bought the first part of the property. He planted the first vines during this time and as his two sons grew up, they too dedicated themselves to the business. One manages the family winery while the other studied oenology and consulted locally while also working for the family property. Both are now focused solely on their family business and in 1998 a new winery was added.

Total property : 40 hectares, 20 under vine

Altitude 235-350 m above sea level

Planting density: 1600 blocks per hectare for 1972 plantings, 5,000 vines per hectare in new vineyards planted between 1998 and 2004.

Grapes: Red, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and White, Vermentino and Grechetto

Avignonesi Winery

www.avignonesi.it/

Named after the original founders of the estate, the Avignonesi family, the winery has undergone an exciting journey since it was first established. Acquired by Virginie Saverys in 2009, Avignonesi has grown in size and at the same time has become a leader in biodynamic viticulture in Italy. The winery produces and crafts organic wines that are truly authentic to their origins yet singular and unique.

Total property : 175 hectares under vine

Altitude 270-375 m above sea level

Planting density: 2564 to 7158 vines per hectare

Grapes: Red, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and White, Grechetto, Trebbiano, Malvasia and Chardonnay

Chiesa del Carmine

www.chiesadelcarmine.com

Winner of the 2019 Travel and Hospitality Industry Culinary Experience of the Year, this property offers wine and olive oil tastings with bi-lingual certified sommeliers in beautiful surrounds, winery and vineyard tours and truffle hunts in one of Umbria’s most beautiful valleys.

Total property : 124 hectares, 6.7 under vine

Altitude 235-350 m above sea level

Planting density: 5,000 vines per hectare

Grapes: 45% red, including Sangiovese, Merlot, Sagrantino and Cabernet Sauvignon and 55% White , Trebbiano Spoletino

Cantina Berioli

www.cantinaberioli.it/en

The Berioli's Winery was opened in Montesperello at the beginning of 1900 and is located on the green hills around the Trasimeno Lake, on the border between Umbria and Tuscany. The oenological history of this area dates back to the Roman-Etruscan times, more than 3000 years ago. Biological since 1912.

Total property : 25 hectares

Altitude 250-350 m above sea level

Planting density: 5,200 vines per hectare

Grapes: Red, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and White, Grechetto, Trebbiano and Chardonnay

Morami Winery

www.morami.it/en/

Small family owned property with interesting selection of wines. There have limited production, low yields and hand harvest with attention to the integrity of the grapes and focus on long fermentation and ageing. Bookings by appointment only.

Total property : 130 hectares, 11 hectares under vine

Altitude 270 m above sea level

Planting density: 4200 to 5000 vines per hectare

Grapes: Red, Sangiovese, Alicante and Cabernet Franc and White, Grechetto, Voigner and Chardonnay

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