Nestled between the iconic wine regions of Montalcino and Montepulciano in Tuscany, the Orcia DOC is an oasis of viticultural splendor. Its landscape is a reflection of Tuscany's quintessential beauty, characterized by rolling hills, medieval hamlets, and the serpentine River Orcia, from which the region derives its name. The Orcia Valley, besides being a hub for winemaking, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, marking its environmental, cultural, and historical significance.
The terroir of Orcia DOC offers a unique blend of clay, limestone, and ancient seabed soils, contributing to the depth and complexity of wines produced here. Coupled with a Mediterranean climate that boasts sunny days and cool, breezy nights, this region provides an optimal environment for grape cultivation.
Sangiovese, the heartbeat of Tuscany's red wines, is the most planted red grape variety in the Orcia DOC. This illustrious grape is responsible for producing wines with an alluring bouquet of red cherries, wild berries, and earthy undertones. Its good acidity and tannic structure make Orcia's Sangiovese-based wines highly age-worthy and a delightful partner to Tuscan cuisine.
On the white side, Malvasia and Trebbiano dominate the vineyards. These varieties, often blended, give rise to wines that are fragrant, floral, and pleasantly crisp. Their notes of orchard fruits, almond, and citrus make them a refreshing choice on warm summer days.
In essence, the Orcia DOC, with its harmonious marriage of environment and enology, is a testament to Tuscany's enduring wine legacy.
The DOC Orcia extends across the province of Siena, in the Tuscany wine region. It includes the municipalities of Castiglione d'Orcia, Pienza, Radicofani, S. Giovanni d'Ace, San Quirico d'Orcia and Buonconvento, Trequanda, as well as part of the municipalities of Abbadia S. Salvatore, Chianciano, Montalcino, Sarteano, San Casciano Bagni and Torrita di Siena.
The climate of this region is continental-Mediterranean, with average temperatures of 14°C. and an average of 800 mm of rainfall, which is more concentrated between autumn and winter.
The soils of this DOC have a clay-loam texture and shallow depth.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Sangiovese
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Malvasia, Trebbiano
In the picturesque Orcia DOC, a quartet of wines captures the essence of the Tuscan terroir, each a symphony of flavors and heritage.
Orcia Rosso, a red masterpiece, harmoniously blends a minimum of 60% Sangiovese with other authorized non-aromatic grapes. This wine enchants with its ruby hues and a medley of red fruit and earthy notes, embodying the region's rustic charm.
Orcia Sangiovese, a pure expression of tradition, showcases a minimum of 90% Sangiovese, accented by a touch of Canaiolo Nero, Ciliegiolo, and other local treasures. With its elegant structure and vibrant acidity, it reveals the soul of the Orcia landscape.
Bianco, a tapestry of white grapes, marries a minimum of 50% Trebbiano Toscano with other authorized non-aromatic white varieties. This white wine dances on the palate, offering a refreshing blend of citrus and floral notes, a testament to the region's diversity.
Vin Santo, a treasure of time, harmoniously blends a minimum of 50% Malvasia Bianca Lunga and/or Trebbiano with other authorized white grapes. Aged with care, Vin Santo unfurls rich aromas of dried fruits and honey, a symbol of the region's enduring craftsmanship.
In each glass of Orcia Rosso, Orcia Sangiovese, Bianco, or Vin Santo from the Orcia DOC, nature's beauty converges with the dedication of generations. These wines are not merely libations; they are a celebration of history, a reflection of the land's bounty, and an invitation to savor the essence of Orcia in every cherished drop.