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Orvieto Wine Pairing Lunch

The tradition of wine making in the hills surrounding Orvieto dates back to Etruscan times (800-100 BC). Particularly notable are the highly rated white wines that benefit from the volcanic soil’s ability to retain heat. This winery also produces a selection of red wines including Montepulciano and Sangiovese varietals. On display at the winery are fossils and shells from the Pliocene period (2 million years ago!) that were unearthed from one of their hillside vineyards.
Umbria - Orvieto
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Ticket Information

Ticket Price $78.00
Max participants: 16
Duration: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Day of the week: Tuesdays from April 25 to October 24
Alternate dates may be arranged for groups of 8 or more. Please call.

Details

  • Your host and guide for the afternoon will be one of the two brothers who own this boutique winery. The tour begins with an overview of the grape varietals grown on the estate. Montepulciano and Sangiovese vines are native to the area, and the brothers have introduced Merlot and Cabernet.
  • As the route winds through the winery to the aging room, each step of the wine making process is explained. All are treated to a barrel tasting of a Montepulciano varietal straight from a French-oak barrel.
  • A hearty, five-course tasting lunch is served on a panoramic terrace that’s perfectly positioned to take in the never-ending view over the rolling green hills and vines. In cooler weather, the winery has a quaint dining room with a cozy fireplace.
  • Each delectable course is introduced with its paired wine’s composition and tasting notes. The first appetizer is served with an Orvieto DOC white wine with undertones of apple and exotic fruits.
  • A second antipasti course is partnered with a deep pink Rose, a blend of early harvest Merlot and Cabernet grapes. This versatile wine is ideal for Mediterranean style cooking, pasta, fried and grilled fish, mild cheeses and cream sauces.
  • A homemade pasta course is served with a red blend made of Merlot, Cabernet and Sangiovese grapes, aged for six months in small oak barrels. This ruby red libation with hints of vanilla and spice goes well with meat sauces and cured meats.
  • The main entrée is a roasted meat dish accompanied by a full bodied red wine, that’s predominantly a Montepulciano varietal blended with a smidgen of Merlot. This complex wine with hints of licorice and bright red fruits is the perfect match for grilled steak and game, aged cheeses and mushrooms.
  • A chocolate cake is the fifth and final course to close out the feast with a glass of Cabernet Franc, one of the most planted black grape varieties.
  • Guests may purchase all of the wines tasted at very reasonable prices. Arrangements can be made for insured shipping back home (with the exception of Utah where shipments are not accepted).