Umbria is Italy's only region that is entirely surrounded by Italy. Tuscany is Umbria's neighbor to
the northwest, and Rome is a 2-hour drive southwest from Umbria's southern border. The region's
eastern border is entirely occupied by Abruzzo. Winewise Umbria shares many of its grape varieties
with Tuscany (Sangiovese, for example). Umbria’s main acclaim to wine fame is that it is the
home of the historic hilltop town, Orvieto, and the white wine of the same name. Umbria is
blessed with a similar climate to Tuscany's: warm and dry, but cool enough, thanks to the Tiber
River and its tributaries flowing through the region. The soil is mainly calcareous clay and sand,
with plenty of limestone, always good for vines.
And it is from these particular soils that this winery takes its name, ARGILLAE. Argilla is the Italian
word for clay. Azienda Agricola Argillae is set on the hills between Allerona and Ficulle, northwest
of Orvieto, and boasts some 640 hectares of land, of which 170 are planted with vine (the rest is
devoted to olive groves, corn and woods). The vineyards are located on the slopes of the hills, at
approx 1000 to 1380 feet of altitude and enjoy good exposure to the east and west and ideal
microclimate. This territory is characterized by rock formations called "calanchi", a type of badland
formed by erosion in clayey bedrock, particularly along the river valleys, some 2 millions
years ago. As a proof that this area was once under water, the land is rich in fossilized seashells
and turtle shells.
With the expertise of renowned oenologist Lorenzo Landi, Argillae winery offers three interpretations
of Umbria, its land and its history: Orvieto, Grechetto and a red blend called Sinuoso.