Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG: the red treasure of Umbria

panoramic view on a vineyard in Torgiano from which the grapes for the Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG are taken.

The Torgiano Rosso Riserva is one of the most renowned red wines of the Umbria Region and it is a DOCG(Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita – Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin) wine. DOCG is a designation for Italian wines approved by the EU that guarantees specific standards on the origin and quality of the product to the consumer.

The history of this wine goes through centuries. Near Torgiano, evidence dating back to ancient times of viticulture activities has been found. Unsurprisingly, the ancient coat of arms of the city is represented by the Tower of Giano (to which the city owes its name) wrapped in branches of an olive tree and bunches of grapes. It is as if the coat of arms, located at the entrance to the historical centre, would tell tourists the story of the authority of the city, legitimized by viticulture.

Despite its production dates to ancient times, The Torgiano Rosso started being known only during the 1960s, when the businessman Giorgio Lungarotti decided to promote this wine outside the Umbrian borders. The importance of this product was recognised in 1990 when it became the first Umbrian wine to obtain the recognition of a DOCG product.

The Torgiano Rosso is obtained from 70% of Sangiovese grapes, while the remaining percentage is from a blend of non-aromatic black grape varieties (mainly Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, Canaiolo and Colorino). The ageing period of this wine is about three years, of which at least six months in bottle; its colour is ruby red and a smell of fruity and flowery aromas. Considering its area of origin and production, it is a wine that matches meat sauces, wild game and roast meat.

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