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Best wine tours in Umbria

Why Visit Umbria?

As it is often said "good things come in small packages" and this is certainly true of the Umbrian wine region - Italy’s fourth-smallest winemaking region which produces only a third of the volume that Tuscany does.

Umbria connects history, people, nature, civilisations and traditions and is deeply rooted in ancient farming cultures. This is a land known for its heady fragrances, the simplicity of its cuisine and its deep genuine flavours. This is a land of olive oil and wine roads, with 22 sites recognised as the most beautiful villages in Italy and 9 “Orange Flag” awards given to small towns which represent sustainable eco-tourism. Wine holidays to Umbria are truly unforgettable.

What inspires people to visit Umbria and to come back time again, is the opportunity to head off on a journey that inspires all five senses. In Umbria you are privy to rare beauty, forgotten noises and sounds, treasures of distant civilisations, the various fragrances of changing seasons and most importantly the tastes and textures of local food and the wine. There are few places where it is possible to discover such wonderful cultural expressions of the past and the present with the utmost respect for a natural environment, with precious gems like Trasimeno Lake, the Clitunno Springs, the Marmore Waterfalls and the Castelluccio Plains all adding to the region's transcendent natural splendour.

Plan Your Visit

Best Known Grapes

A popular grape variety in Umbria is Sangiovese, however, Gamay, Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Sagrantino are also widely used.

Best time to visit

Umbria can be visited any time of the year (wineries stay open all year round) - however, between  April to October  is the best time to experience a wine tour as the vineyards in Umbria are in their growing season. If you go in late June , you must visit the "Flowering" in the Castelluccio Plains which happens only at this time of the year. This magnificent natural event attracts thousands of tourists each year and celebrates the simultaneous blooming of dozens of flowers that create a multi-colour flower carpet covering the whole of the valley. Summer time is full of events including medieval festivals and typical town festivals where food and wine are the main attraction. The “Infiorata” at Spello , which falls on the day of Corpus Domini, decorates the streets of the city with multi-coloured floral compositions. Nearby in Bevagna, a similar festival the “Mercato delle Gaite” takes place in late June and aims to re-create its medieval past. In November, a new vintage of Extra Virgin Olive Oil is released, providing a great opportunity for tourists to visit the olive oil makers and wineries, which often produce olive oil themselves too.
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How long to stay

Wine and food lovers should consider visiting the region for at least 3 days with a base between the Perugia and Montefalco areas. Time permitting, 5 days are strongly recommended with two nights in Orvieto and three nights in the Perugia or Montefalco area.
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How to get there

Umbria is served by Perugia Airport , known as the Aeroporto Internazionale dell’Umbria. H owever, there are very few international carriers that serve this airport - one of the only routes from the UK is the Ryanair offering from London Stansted. The airport does however have flights to other European countries and destinations in Italy too. Otherwise, the international airports closest to Umbria are Florence , Pisa and Rome which offer a lot more choice and better connections to get you closer to Umbria.
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