Previews Tre Bicchieri. The best wines of Umbria. Special Award: Special Awards: Sweet Wine of the Year and Sustainable Viticulture

Sep 28 2022, 11:00 | by Gambero Rosso
Previews of the awards of the wine tasting by Gambero Rosso's Vini d'Italia 2023 guide. Here are the best wines from Umbria.

Tre Bicchieri 2023: record-breaking Umbria

Despite the fact that it's a small region, Umbria has achieved considerable things, not in quantitative terms, but with the quality of its wines, both whites and reds. The first figure that testifies to the fact undoubtedly concerns the number of Tre Bicchieri awarded (16, an all-time record). In addition to those that took home top marks, there are many wines ranging from good to excellent that you'll find by browsing the following pages. They come from all over the region, from north to south, and include all different types.

Red wines of the region

Montefalco makes up the lion's share, and not only with sagrantino (which continues to grow, however, in terms of identity, definition and its ability to harmonize character and drinkability), but also with Montefalco Rosso, where the main varietal is sangiovese. When it comes to the young, annata versions, freshness and fragrance stand out, while the riservas impress with their complexity and depth, even if sophsitication and elegance are never lost. The small appellation of Torgiano once again proves to be the perfect area for sangiovese, while ciliegiolo stands out in Narni and Amelia. And we shouldn't forget gamay del trasimeno, whose potential we're more and more convinced of.

Umbria: white wines on the rise

In terms of the whites, in Montefalco and Spoleto, Trebbiano Spoletino is on the rise, a wine that manages to deliver satisfaction both when enjoyed young and after a few more years, but those versions that macerate on the skins are also delicious. The other great appellation is Orvieto. It too is clearly on a roll, not only because it's proven capable of great quality, but also because its products are growing in value, thanks to ageworthy, elegant, refined wines that stand out as some of Italy's best. We shouldn't forget that here, thanks to its unique climate, some years we see the contribution of botrytis, which can lead to some truly unique wines. Continuing with the whites, it's impossible not to mention grechetto, which offers up its best in different areas, but above all in Todi.

Special Awards. Sweet Wine of the Year

Speaking of "noble rot", Decugnano dei Barbi's Orvieto Pourriture Noble '20 wins our special Sweet Wine of the Year award for its unparalleled harmony and a delicate, perfectly integrated sweetness.

Special Awards. Sustainable Viticulture

Sponsor of the Special Award for Sustainable Viticulture


This is the picture of Italy's "green lung", a region where biodiversity reigns and wineries are increasingly sensitive to environmental issues. And in this light, it's no coincidence that our special Sustainability Award (with honors) goes to Marco Caprai, a true pioneer who'd been able to implement high-profile social and economic policies aimed at safeguarding, in particular, the environment.

Tre Bicchieri 2023: the best wines of Umbria

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