Orvietano Rosso DOC – Head Off for Orvieto for this Opulent Red Wine

The Orvietano Rosso DOC red wine is produced in Umbria, and takes its name from the hilltop town of Orvieto.

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Umbrian town of Orvieto – namesake of Orvietano Rosso DOC

Orvietano Rosso DOC Characteristics

There are no minimum aging requirement for its production, although its vineyard where it is produced may not be elevated more than 600 meters in accordance with the regulations established by Consorzio Vino Orvieto.  It received it’s DOC status in 1998.

Throughout the course of history, the region was known for its sweet wine from the middle ages to the 20th century.

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Consorzio Vino Orvieto – governing body of Orvietano Rosso DOC

Orvietano Rosso DOC is known to have robust, ruby-red – almost purple – color and strong fruity flavors on the palate, not unlike the reds of Apulia (in the southern Italy) or of Piemonte (in northwestern Italy).

Orvietano Rosso DOC
The church, Chiesa di San Giovenale, in Orvieto, Umbria, Italy, constructed in 1004

If you are planning a trip to central Italy, then I highly recommend that you visit the following vineyards.

Orvietano Rosso DOC producers


Rising gently among the green hills of Umbria near the gentle ripples of Lake Corbara lies Barberani.

Their estate dedicates 55 of their 100 hectares to vineyards, which started back in 1961 by Luigi and Giovanna Barberani.

Barberani prides itself in being environmentally friendly – not following aimlessly with large scale industry standardization – instead letting their unique landscape and terroir speak for itself.

Località Cerreto, 05023 Baschi (Terni – TR), Italy

Orvietano Rosso DOC
Palazzo del Popolo in Orvieto

Sergio Mottura

Follow the porcupines – the distinctive emblem of Sergio Mottura – straight to the doors of this standout vineyard.  This prickly, shy creature was chosen as their logo as its only found on healthy, unpolluted land, like the Mottura estate.

In the 1960’s, winemaker, Sergio Mottura, moved here to take over the Mottura estate. Ever since, Sergio has emphasized the region’s historical tradition of viticulture.  Fast forward several generations and he has continually garnered recognition as a master winemaker.

For instance, in 2013 Mottura was awarded ‘Winemaker of the Year’ by Gambero Rosso, Italy’s most acclaimed wine guide.

Sergio Mottura
Località Poggio della Costa 1, 01020 Civitella D’Agliano (Viterbo – VT), Italy


Tenuta Le Velette

Tenuta Le Velette is a historical vineyard that treasures the regions’s 3000 year history of winemaking.  It has preserved as many of the ancient structures that they could, and even uses some of the cellars from the ancient times.

In 1877, Orvieto sold the Tenuta Le Velette to the Felici brothers and the estate has been run by the family since.  It has been transformed into a vibrant summer residence and today they would love for you to come and visit their ancient grounds.

They can arrange personalized tasting on request as well as the various tours they host.

Tenuta Le Velette
Località Le Velette, 05018 Orvieto, (Terni – TR) Umbria, Italy



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From Apulia with Love – Discover Alezio DOC wine for Summer 2020

Alezio DOC win

Alezio DOC wine has been a registered DOC since 1983.  It is a dry, warm, and pleasantly bitter wine that pairs well with pasta, braised meats like chicken.

If you have never heard of Alezio DOC wine, then it is most likely because its northern Italian varietals, Lambrusco DOC Mantovano (from Lombardi) and ASTI DOCG (from Piemonte), get more attention.  Rather Alezio DOC wine comes from one of the most rustic regions of Italy – Apulia.  Viewing Italy as a boot, then this area is located near tip of the heel.

Amphitheater in Lecce, Apulia, Italy
Ancient Roman Amphitheater in Lecce (in the region of Apulia, Italy)

The production area is within the province of Lecce in Apulia, and the municipalities of Alezio, Sannicola, Gallipoli, and Tugile in particular.

Alezio DOC wine types:

The Alezio DOC denomination is divided into red wines and rosés.

  • Alezio DOC Rosso
    • COLOR – ruby-red with orange tones with aging
    • NOSE – fruity and floral fragrances when young, with complex, balsamic notes with aging.
    • PALATE – dry and warm, with a pleasing bitter, tannic and sapid aftertaste.
  • Alezio DOC Rosé
    • COLOR – light pink
    • NOSE – red fruit (for example: strawberry), and hints of balsamic fragrances
    • PALATE –  dry, harmonious, velvety, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
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Gallipoli beach – unwind in Apulia with Alezio DOC wine

When you are look to pickup a bottle of Alezio DOC, keep in mind that the word, Riserva, means that the wine has been aged at least 2 years in order to allow it to mature. As a result, you will experience a deliciously full-bodied wine.


Some of our favorite Alezio DOC wine producers


Cantina Coppola

The Coppola is an ancient vineyard, filled with a rich history.  It was founded in 1489 and has been handed down 15 generations.

The impressive cellars are housed in the beautiful botanical gardens of the estate.

The incredible Coppola vineyard hosts exceptional food and wine events, which are open to all guests and tourists when visiting their property. #cantinacoppola #AlezioDOC #Apulia Click To Tweet

Cantina Coppola
Via Tenuta di Torre Sabea – 73014 Gallipoli LE, Italy


Rosa del Golfo

Rosa del Golfo S.a.s. was founded over two centuries ago in Salento.  The vineyard is still run with family traditions.

Their grapes are cultivated within the areas of Malvasia, Negroamaro and Nera Leccese, which lend themselves to a more subtle, softer grape.  The vineyard welcomes all visitors to come and taste their unique bottles of Alezio DOC.

Rosa del Golfo
Via Garibaldi, 18 – Alezio LE, Italy


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Gallipoli sunset – the region produces Alezio DOC wine

Michele Calò e Figli

In the southern most Apulian region of Salento, Alezio DOC wine is an important cultural element. Here Michele Calò and his sons have been producing wine since 1954 in the municipalities of Tuglie, Alezio, Parabita and Sannicola.

Salento has long been a historic frontier between the east and west - an atmosphere that persists at Michele Calò to this very day. #AlezioDOC #Apulia #MicheleCalo Click To Tweet

In part due to its charm and geographic position, tradesmen from Constantinople established a strong outpost of Ottoman empire.

Salento has long been a historic frontier between the east and west.  In part due to its charm and geographic position, tradesmen from Constantinople established a strong outpost of Ottoman empire.

At Michele Calò, this rich regional legacy persists in their terroir and especially their award winning, Mjère rosato and Cerasa. Be sure to pay Michele Calò a visit this summer and experience the Apulia land in person.

Michele Calò
Via Masseria Vecchia, 1, 73058 Tuglie LE, Italy



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All the Way Up with Albugnano – Albugnano DOC Red Wines for Spring 2020

Albugnano DOC red wine

The Italian municipality, Albugnano, where Albugnano DOC red wines are produced has the highest elevation within all larger Piemonte region.

Regional Characteristics – Albugnano DOC Red Wines

It is a precariously situated village, and is home to among the coolest climates within Italy where vineyards grow.

Albugnano DOC red wine
The municipality of Castelnuovo Don Bosco – elevation 306 m (1,004 ft) – part of the Albugnano DOC production area.

This colder climate imparts a crisp, yet fruity undertone, which coincidently are not unlike those of the southern Aglianico del Vulture Superiore DOCG reds from Basilicata.

The wine is unique in that Albugnano DOC exudes a freshness unlike other wines from Piemonte. They are lower profile wines and are therefore more affordable.

Albugnano DOC red wine
The municipality of Pino d’Asti – elevation 412 m (1,352 ft) – also, part of the Albugnano DOC production area.

The Albugnano DOC was established in 1997 and the two wines the region produces are rosé (rosato) and red (rosso) wines.

Rosato: at least 85% Nebbiolo with a maximum 15% of Barbera, Bonarda, and/or Freisa wine varieties.

Red wine
Rosso: at least 85% Nebbiolo with a maximum 15% of Barbera, Bonarda, and/or Freisa wine varieties.
Superiore: a rosso that is aged a minimum of one year, including six months in a barrel.


Albugnano DOC red wine
Balangero Chiesa San Giacomo – Catholic church in Balangero, Italy


The fruity wine encompasses hints of raspberry to wild strawberry and is delightfully paired with floral and spicy flavors, as well as balsamic aromas, much like the southern Italian rosé, Alezio DOC (from Apulia).

Producers – Albugnano DOC Red Wines

A few of my favorite producers of Albugnano DOC include:

Alle Tre Colline

This gem will make you appreciate true hospitality, as the Carossa family will welcome you into their quaint vineyard.

Azienda Agrituristica Alle Tre Colline is found in the heart of Monferrato and despite its relatively young history develops a number of delicious wines. #AlleTreColline #cena #Albugnano #Piemonte @ColleManoraWine Click To Tweet

The vineyard was founded in 1999 by Edoardo and Orsolina Carossa and then passed the farm onto their son Franco who now runs it with his wife and their three children.

The company develops 35 hectares of land and hosts beautiful accommodation.

Alle Tre Colline
Vezzolano 60 Albugnano


Ca’ Mariuccia

Ca’ Mariuccia s.s.a. can be found on the Monferrato hills where they run an ethical farm aimed at using sustainable, eco-friendly methods and practices.

In addition to running a successful vineyard, Ca ‘Mariuccia also serves as a Piedmontese agriturismo where visitors can enjoy a range of farming activities. #cena #Albugnano #CaMariuccia #Piemonte @ColleManoraWine Click To Tweet

Their aim is to create an awareness of climate change and a sustainable farming culture while incorporating ancient techniques.

You can have a relaxing stay in their bed and bed and breakfast, enjoy a lovely wine tasting and eat wonderful Italian pizza.

Ca’ Mariuccia
Fraz. San Emiliano, 2 – 14022 – Albugnano (AT)


Badia di Morrona

Badia di Morrona has been run by the Gaslini Alberti family since 1939 and now run a total of 600 hectares, with 110 hectares dedicated purely to the vineyard.

The unique estate can house 120 guests, who can enjoy regular wine tours and breathtaking vistas for any hosted event.

Badia di Morrona
Via del Chianti, 6, 56030 Terricciola – Pisa


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