Nestled in the heart of Italy, in the enchanting region of Umbria, lies the Assisi DOC — an emblematic representation of the intimate relationship between land and wine. Umbria's verdant landscape, with its rolling hills, ancient olive groves, and historical landmarks, provides a picturesque backdrop to the vineyards of Assisi. This unique terroir, with its fertile soils and balanced climate, has been the cradle of viticulture for centuries.
The Assisi DOC is distinguished not just by its picturesque environment but also by its distinctive grape varieties. Among the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are prominent, each lending its robust character and depth to the wines. The Sangiovese, with its bright cherry notes, and the Pinot Nero, with its delicate aromas, complete the quartet, ensuring a diverse palate that reflects the complexity of the region.
However, it's not just the reds that capture the spirit of the land. Assisi's whites, primarily made from Grechetto and Trebbiano, are a testament to the versatility of the region. Grechetto offers wines with a hint of almond and fresh minerality, while Trebbiano gifts the palate with crispness and floral nuances.
In every sip from a bottle of Assisi DOC, one tastes not just the grape but also the legacy of a region steeped in tradition, culture, and an unwavering respect for nature. Here, in the shadow of the Basilica of Saint Francis, the vineyards of Assisi are a testament to the timeless dance of nature and mankind.
The geographical area of the Assisi DOC is located in the central part of Umbria, in the province of Perugia, and covers an area of medium hills, at the foot of Mount Subasio. The production area of Assisi DOC wines includes part of the municipal territories of Assisi. Perugia and Spello.
The region is characterized by a temperate climate. This means that winters are cool and moderate, with average temperatures of 3.2° C and warm summers. These conditions allow for longer ripening of the grapes.
The soils of the region are characterized by being composed of lacustrine sands and stratum detritus, although there are also soils formed by sandy loams. The vineyards are concentrated especially on soils with slopes of less than 10%, with a high concentration of minerals.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Sangiovese
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Grechetto, Trebbiano
The wines of Assisi DOC are a harmonious reflection of the picturesque landscape and rich viticultural tradition of the region. The DOC's diverse range of wines, including Bianco, Rosato, Rosso, and the special Riserva, showcase the unique grape varieties and winemaking expertise that make this area truly remarkable.
Crafted with precision, the Assisi DOC Bianco is a delicate dance of flavors that captivates the senses. Comprising a base of 50-70% Trebbiano and a minimum of 10% Grechetto, this wine embodies a balance of tradition and innovation. The addition of up to 40% other authorized white grapes adds layers of complexity, resulting in a wine that is crisp, refreshing, and versatile. With its pale straw hue and fragrant bouquet, the Bianco offers a symphony of aromas that evoke images of the region's lush landscapes.
The Assisi DOC Rosato is a celebration of elegance and charm. Anchored by a foundation of 50-70% Sangiovese, a quintessential Italian grape, and enriched with 10-30% Merlot, this rosé is a delightful fusion of tradition and modernity. The maximum 40% allowance for other authorized red grapes contributes depth and character, giving the wine a vibrant, salmon-pink hue and a captivating spectrum of flavors. The Rosato dances on the palate with notes of red berries and a subtle hint of herbs, making it a delightful companion for warm afternoons and convivial gatherings.
Bold and full-bodied, the Assisi DOC Rosso is a testament to the region's winemaking prowess. With a dominant presence of 50-70% Sangiovese and a touch of 10-30% Merlot, this red wine embodies the heart and soul of Umbrian viticulture. The blend is further enriched by a maximum of 40% other authorized red grapes, resulting in a wine of depth, structure, and character. Its ruby-red hue hints at the array of flavors within – a symphony of red fruits, earthy undertones, and a whisper of spice. The Rosso is a versatile partner at the table, enhancing the enjoyment of a wide array of culinary delights.
The Assisi DOC Riserva stands as a testament to the artistry of the winemaker. Crafted with a minimum of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Nero, or Merlot, and harmoniously complemented by other authorized red grapes, this wine is a showcase of the region's ability to produce exceptional aged wines. The Riserva undergoes meticulous aging, allowing its rich flavors and intricate aromas to develop over time. From the first sip, one is met with a symphony of dark fruits, velvety textures, and a lingering, nuanced finish. The Riserva is an invitation to savor the passage of time encapsulated within a bottle.
In the heart of Assisi DOC wines lies a story of heritage, innovation, and a deep connection to the land. With each sip, one embarks on a journey through the rolling hills, ancient vineyards, and the passionate dedication of those who bring these exceptional wines to life.