Orvieto, a main wine hub, is the quintessential Italian city, a most enchanting and unspoiled destination endowed with an array of gorgeous architecture in one of the most spectacular sites in Italy. Orvieto’s cliff top position means that visitors walking through the city are rewarded with countless sudden views of the surrounding countryside and vineyards – a wine lover’s paradise indeed. The city is nestled high above the hills in Southwestern Italy, in the wine region of Orvieto Classico in Umbria.
Historically, it was known for producing crowd-pleasing quantities of white wine based predominately on the local Trebbiano grape – perfect for those long summer evenings. However, the area is also renowned for its delicious, late-harvested sweet styles, a perfect match for local desserts and cheeses. Quality conscious producers have also increasingly been making wines from international varieties, such as Chardonnay with impressive results. Despite the ancient vineyards and heritage that winemakers strive to respect, this is not a region that is resting on its laurels. Expect a few surprises!
On this private chauffeured wine tour of the region, you will visit the beautiful estate of Decugnano Barbi, set in the most exquisite landscape of Umbria that invokes Tuscany with its rolling hills and olive groves. Lunch will be served in a suburb local restaurant al fresco with an unparalleled view of the Duomo in Orvieto. Be prepared to taste an exciting array of wines, from sparkling to Orvieto’s premium Chardonnay. We can think of no better introduction to the wines of this stunning region.
Orvieto Wine Tour Highlights:
- Private Tour at the Decugnano Barbi wine estate in Orvieto
- Gourmet tasting menu lunch in a historic trattoria with wine pairings
- Chauffeured Mercedes and VIP service – Pick up at your Cruise
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Orvieto Wine Tour
Sample Luxury Orvieto Wine Tour Itinerary
- Lunch with wine
- Privately Chauffeured Mercedes
This morning, your personal chauffeur and accompanying wine guide will collect you from your cruise ship (or your hotel or villa in Rome) – The Eternal City! The journey to your first destination takes you through the magnificent Umbrian countryside, arriving at the historic Decugnano Barbi property just in time for a wine tasting. The estate enjoys a wonderful hill-top position with panoramic views over the vineyards of Orvieto that are simply breathtaking.
After your arrival and a tour of the estate, a selection of delicious wines will be presented for you to enjoy. Highlights will include the sparkling Spumante Brut, the famous Maris Chardonnay, and the controversial, Il Decugnano Rosso. Until recently, Orvieto was an appellation only really associated with white wine production, Decugnano Barbi was the first estate who set out to prove that the area could also make excellent reds. After tasting their superb range of wines, we are sure you will agree.
Wine tasting can really work up an appetite, so you will be delighted to know that we have organized lunch for you at Orvieto’s leading restaurant – Vinosus for example. Enjoy a sumptuous tasting menu on their delightful terrace, as a bonus you will have the best view of the Duomo. Begin with a selection of classic Italian antipasti, Bruschetta, Pancetta and salami to whet your appetite; an accompanying glass of Spumante would do nicely! Then perhaps some mouth-watering pasta dishes, paired with the Il Decugnano white. For the main course, we suggest the roast lamb paired with the IL Decugnano red, both are divine. Leave room for a selection of local cheeses, and of course, dessert. There really is only one choice, the Tiramisù!
Enjoy the rest of your afternoon exploring Orvieto at your leisure. One of Italy’s most captivating and beautiful smaller cities, Orvieto has a rich cultural heritage, ranging from medieval streets and churches to the mighty Duomo Cathedral. The views across Umbria are worth seeing alone. Make sure to visit this stunning monument to the city’s past, founded in 1290 by Pope Nicholas IV. Guided tours are available in English in the summer months. Browse the delightful shops and boutiques before taking a final espresso in the Piazza to say farewell and enjoy the journey back to your cruise or hotel in Rome.
Hope you had a stellar time in the wine country today, Alla salute!