Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC 2017

Tenuta di Salviano

Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC 2017 play

Region: Italy / Umbria Orvieto
Grapes: 60% Trebbiano Toscano, 15% Grechetto, 10% Verdello, 15% Sauvignon Blanc

The Orvieto Classico Superiore zone, the heartland of Umbria’s distinct whites, is characterized by higher elevations and cooler temperatures. The vineyards are overlooking Lago di Corbara on the south bank. Soils here are a composite of clay and limestone. Given soils and climatic conditions, whites here are defined by higher aromatics, structure derived from total acids, and freshness.

92 Points

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2017 vintage
90 Points

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2017 vintage
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harvest note

The 2017 vintage in central Umbria defies easy description. The cycle of events through the growing season were unusual. The winter was uncharacteristically mild and dry. Vines never quite remained dormant for long, and the area was experiencing a drought. Fast forward to spring, and moderate temperatures prompted early budding. Thankfully, the area was not affected by an early frost. Early budding varieties had more success through the entire season. By May however, the drought had intensified, unusually high summertime temperatures arrived, and late budding varieties suffered to set fruit properly. Yields were lower (by 40% in Salviano’s case), so care and hard work in the vineyard were most important. An earlier than usual harvest (by three weeks) arrived, yet the quality of the fruit was undiminished despite the circumstances. Overall, while the wines have slightly lower total acids and higher pH levels, the purity of fruit and aromatics maintain typical characteristics of the region.

tasting note

Pure and crisp, with elegant aromas of ripe fruit. A well-structured, refreshing and beautifully balanced wine.

food pairing

The high acidity and aromatics of Orvieto are an admirable ally to all manner of green vegetable preparations. For a classical approach, go for a pea soup or pasta primavera. Stepping outside of Italian culture cuisine, pour a glass with all manner of crudo finished with new olive oil. New world dishes such as fish tacos, guacamole and tuna poke display Orvieto’s gastric range.

technical data

GRAPES: 60% Trebbiano Toscano, 15% Grechetto, 10% Verdello, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION: Orvieto Classico Superiore DOC
PH: 3.40
ACIDITY: 6 g/l
ABV: 13.5%

points of distinction

  • A fresh-tasting Orvieto Classico that represents the finest expression of the region
  • Orvieto's limestone tufa and volcanic soil makes expressive, complex wines with minerality
  • Superiore classification requires limited yields
  • Only estate grown fruit, and bottled at the estate
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Nestled among Umbria’s rolling hills on the southern bank of Lake Corbara, the Salviano property is owned by Incisa della Rocchetta family, owners of legendary Sassicaia.


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