Discover the Green Heart of Italy: Orvieto DOC in Umbria Paired with Chicken Cacciatore #ItalianFWT

Sitting on volcanic tuff overlooking the plains of southwestern Umbria is the town of Orvieto,  one of the oldest in Italy, dating back to the Etruscan period over 3000 years ago, in the landlocked Umbria region in central Italy known as the “green heart of Italy.” Home to the wines of Orvieto DOC, the town of Orvieto is known as the “City of Wine” because it is one of the most ancient cities of the world that has been dedicated to wine production throughout existence with tunnels and caves for making wine dug through the volcanic stone. In fact, the word for wine comes from an Umbrian word “vinu” says Attila Scienza. The cool caves were perfect for fermentation of the sweet white wine that made the region famous; in the 13th century, this thriving metropolis housed 30,000 people, more than in Rome!

In the 17th century, when the Pope repaired an ancient aqueduct, it was said: Continue reading