This year, for the first time, the province of Umbria is celebrating Saint Valentine’s Day with a four day wine festival that kicks off in Terni, the southern provinces most populated city, on Valentine’s day and will last through Sunday, the 17th of February.
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Both Fausto and Luiz have been working diligently, together, for the past year to establish the festivals guidelines and activities.
The four day schedule includes blind Umbrian wine tastings, wine education classes, seminars, panel discussions, vineyard visits, wine dinners and much more, including a visit to the grave of the Patron Saint of Umbria, Saint Valentines.
Marco Caprai is widely credited with the revival of Sagrantino di Montefalco.
Orvieto is the star wine using the grape.
The Trebbiano grape can be made in stainless steel and is fresh, crisp and alive. When marrying the grape with oak, the result is often sophisticated, elegant and special.
When made as a dessert wine or ‘abbocato style’, sweetness dominates.
Another popular white is Chardonnay blended with Grechetto. Numerous other white varieties are grown in Umbria, including the international grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer.
Other important towns include Perugia, Spoletto, Todi, Gubbio and Narni.
Umbria is often called ‘green heart’, for its nature parks.
There are many Etruscan sites and medieval hill towns.
Perugia is Umbria’s capital and largest town.
Spoleto is a walled town known for its world famous ‘Festival dei due Mondi’ and the Ponte delle Torri or Bridge of Towers.
Todi is a picturesque walled village with beautiful views of the countryside.
PHILIP S. KAMPE