Known as the green heart of Italy, the small interior region of Umbria has a climate and geography similar to neighbouring Tuscany, with cold rainy winters and dry sun-filled summers.

It is named after a people known as the Umbri, contemporaries and rivals of the Etruscans and also among the first in the world to produce wine.

Despite the region’s modest size, over recent years its importance in Italian viticulture has been steadily increasing, with very high quality wines in appellations such as Montefalco, Orvieto and Torgiano.

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