If there’s one thing we can’t resist, it’s a complex white blend from Italy. This Umbrian-grown example is so delicious, winemaker Valentino Cirulli called it Hèdonè, the Italian word for ‘pleasure.’ We think he was spot-on in his assessment ...
“Tuscany’s lesser-known neighbor is stirring up a scene in the heart of Italy.” – Wine Spectator on Umbria
Valentino comes from a long line of talented winemakers. His family’s been in the business since 1861, but they always focused their grape-growing around Abruzzo. Valentino, however, fell in love with Umbria, and has been championing the region’s wines ever since opening his own winery there the early 1990s. Tucked away just southeast of Tuscany, this tiny region (Italy’s fourth-smallest) has rolling hills and perfect, sunny conditions for grape-growing.
Hèdonè combines four of Umbria’s top grapes: Trebbiano, Malvasia, Grechetto and Incrocio Manzoni. The latter is quite rare – known for its finesse and elegance, it’s favored by winemakers like Valentino for producing wines that balance delicate flavors with a trademark fuller body. What’s in store in this white? Aromas of fresh flowers, ripe peach, and banana introduce crisp stone fruit flavors, plus refreshing hints of lemon.
It’s always fun to put a wine like this in front of a Pinot Grigio fan and see what they think – it proves deliciously that there’s so much more to Italy’s whites. Isn’t it time to discover for yourself?