Tucked away in the verdant heart of Italy lies the Lago di Corbara DOC, a gem within the scenic region of Umbria. The Designation of Controlled Origin (DOC) is not just a stamp of quality, but also a testament to the rich tapestry of the region’s viniculture and its harmonious marriage with the environment.
Lago di Corbara’s environment is distinctively characterized by its tranquil lake, from which the region gets its name, surrounded by gentle rolling hills and fertile terrains. This unique combination provides an idyllic microclimate, perfect for grape cultivation, with its warm days and cool nights allowing for a prolonged ripening of the grapes, resulting in wines of great depth and character.
But what truly sets Lago di Corbara apart is its rich selection of grape varieties. Among the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominate, offering robust and aromatic wines, while the more delicate Pinot Nero adds finesse and depth. The native Sangiovese, of course, stands out with its vibrant red fruit notes and its unmistakable Italian soul. On the white front, the crispness of Chardonnay mingles with the aromatic allure of Grechetto. Sauvignon Blanc, with its fresh herbaceous notes, and the Mediterranean charm of Vermentino, round off the portfolio, producing wines that are both invigorating and elegant.
In essence, Lago di Corbara DOC showcases the brilliance of Umbrian winemaking, where nature and tradition coalesce to produce wines that captivate the senses.
The DOC Lago di Corbara, located in the Umbria wine region, covers the vineyards located in the municipality of Baschi and part of the municipality of Orvieto. The vineyards are arranged on hills parallel to the middle course of the Tiber River.
Average temperatures in the DOC vary from 6.52 C° in January to 23.90 C° in August. While the moderating influence of Lago di Corbara is key during the vegetative period of the vines, which is usually very hot, it also has a negative aspect: around the end of the harvest, fog often forms, which can be dangerous for grapes destined for dry wines. However, the fog is also beneficial for the generation of noble rot.
The vineyards are located at an altitude of between 190 and 550 meters. The soils of the vineyards vary between those with a silty-clay texture and looser soils, with the presence of calcareous debris.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Sangiovese
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Chardonnay, Grechetto, Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino
In the heart of the picturesque Lago di Corbara DOC region, a captivating trio of wines takes center stage: Bianco, Rosso, and Vendemmia Tardiva. Each of these wines tells a unique story, reflecting the essence of the land they hail from and the meticulous craftsmanship of the winemakers.
Bianco, a radiant embodiment of the region's diversity, harmonizes a minimum of 60% Chardonnay, Grechetto, Sauvignon Blanc, and/or Vermentino, accompanied by a carefully chosen ensemble of other authorized white grapes. This composition results in a wine that dances on the palate with a symphony of flavors. The richness of Chardonnay, the elegance of Grechetto, the vivacity of Sauvignon Blanc, and the Mediterranean charm of Vermentino blend seamlessly, offering a sensory journey through the region's terroir.
Rosso, a bold expression of the region's red grapes, boasts a minimum of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Nero, and/or Sangiovese, complemented by an array of other authorized red varieties. This wine encapsulates the essence of Lago di Corbara's vineyards, where vines thrive under the Italian sun. The robust structure of Cabernet Sauvignon, the velvety allure of Merlot, the intriguing depth of Pinot Nero, and the familiar embrace of Sangiovese intertwine, crafting a wine of complexity and character.
Vendemmia Tardiva, a testament to patience and nature's grace, centers around a minimum of 60% Grechetto and/or Sauvignon Blanc, accented by other authorized white grapes. This late-harvest gem reflects the winemaker's artistry in capturing the soul of the vineyard as grapes ripen gently. The resulting nectar is a symphony of sweetness and acidity, where the rich Grechetto and the vibrant Sauvignon Blanc contribute their unique attributes to create a wine that is both luscious and refreshing.
In the Lago di Corbara DOC, these wines are not just libations; they are expressions of a terroir steeped in tradition and innovation. With every sip, they invite you to explore the rolling hills, the sun-kissed vines, and the passionate dedication of those who transform grapes into liquid poetry. Whether it's the enchanting Bianco, the robust Rosso, or the alluring Vendemmia Tardiva, each bottle holds a piece of the Lago di Corbara's soul, waiting to be uncorked and shared.