Barberani is one of Umbria’s most respected producers, famous for its clean, pure-tasting wines. The vineyards lie on hills overlooking Lake Corbara, close to the city of Orvieto in the south-west of the province, which lies south of Tuscany in Italy’s centre. Of the estate’s 80-odd hectares, 50 are dedicated to vineyards and olive groves. The close proximity of the lake below helps regulate the microclimate here by preventing extreme variations in temperature. Advised by consultant oenologist Maurizio Castelli, the estate, which uses no chemical herbicides or pesticides in its vineyards, is renowned for its clean, pure-tasting wines. By law, Orvieto is made from a combination of five grape varieties, of which the finest is grechetto, a Barberani speciality. Around 20,000 bottles of it are produced in every vintage under the designation of Grechetto Umbria IGT. Barberani also produce a fragrant dessert wine called Calcaia, from trebbiano di Toscana and grechetto grapes concentrated by noble rot (muffa nobile). It is similar to Sauternes in style but with a characteristic lightness of touch. More recently high class barrel-aged reds have been introduced, using sangiovese, merlot and cabernet. These can rival Tuscany’s best in quality, but not in price.
Organic and vegan
What The Critics Say
16/20 JancisRobinson.com, Walter Speller
"Straw yellow. Spicy honeyed yellow fruit nose with hints of lemon peel. Fresh and viscous. A really pleasant wine that conveys a sense of originality. Organic and vegan. (WS)," Drink 2020 - 2024
90/100 Vinous, Eric Guido (2017 vintage)
"The 2017 Grechetto is rich and toasty on the nose, presenting a beautiful display of hazelnut, dried peaches, yellow flowers and hints of candied ginger. It’s remarkably fresh on the palate, yet with soothing, soft textures, giving way to ripe orchard fruit with just a hint of lifting green citrus and minerals. The finish is medium in length, resonating on notes of roasted nuts and a hint of young mango. Although I sense there might be a tad of residual sugar here, this is beautifully balanced and finishes remarkably fresh."
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