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Colli Etruschi Viterbesi DOC

Colli Etruschi Viterbesi DOC covers a fairly large area located approximately 40 kilometers northwest of Rome, extending up to the southern borders of the regions Tuscany and Umbria. The zone includes all 38 municipalities of the Viterbo province, as well as parts of the Rome province.

Wine has been cultivated in the Viterbo province since Etruscan times, and it has always been one of the most important commercial items in this area. In the second half of the 20th century, the wine production in the Viterbo province increased more than Trentino and Sardinia together.

Few consumers know Viterbo wines, but nevertheless, considerable amounts were bought by Northern Italian wine producers and bottled as cheap Vino da Tavola (VdT).

In the 1970s, Viterbo wine producers became more aware of their local wine and began to return to the old traditions, making use of the local grape varieties, which were on the verge of extinction. The outcome came in 1996, when Colli Etruschi Viterbesi had its own DOC.

Despite the area’s considerable size, the production volume here is, however, limited. Among the most interesting Colli Etruschi Viterbesi DOC wines, there are the red wines produced from the Canaiolo and Violone red grapes, as well as the white wines made from the Grechetto and Procanico grapes. 

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