Umbria, in central Italy, is bordered on the west by Tuscany and on the east by the Marches region. The Umbrian landscape is similar to Tuscany’s, producing similar styles of wine, but the region can be hotter and drier.
Orvieto, the white wine for which Umbria is best known, is made the indigenous grapes Grechetto and Trebbiano. It’s a crisp and most frequently light-bodied wine, delicious well-chilled as an aperitif or with light meals.
Sangiovese, the signature grape of neighboring Tuscany, also does well in Umbria, where it is the most-produced variety. Look for Sangiovese in everyday, food-friendly varietal wines and blends from Umbria.