Pordere Il Caio

This 1200-hectare Castello di Corbara estate lies at the foot of Lago di Corbara, in southern Umbria. The Estate is situated on an archeological site that is currently being excavated. This site dates back to Etruscan times and is next to the Corbara River that comes from the lake bearing the same name. The hills that surround this estate are mostly southeasterly facing, and are planted to mostly red grapes, including Merlot, Cabernet and Sangiovese. These vines average 25 to 30 years of age, are low yielding and dry farmed. Currently, 120 hectares are planted, with more vineyards planned.

There are new plantings that were begun in 1999, which will include Cabernet Franc and whites that include Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Gewurztraminer and Grechetto. The soils are calcareous with great drainage and many limestone deposits. The Estate is owned by a Roman family named Patrizi, and run by brother and sister Fernando and Patricia Patrizi, a lawyer and doctor, respectively; each with a practice in Rome.

The Patrizi family also features an “agriturismo” business on their land, with a dozen or more old stone farmhouses that are rented to vacationers and tourists. These remodeled farmhouses sit amongst the vineyards and offer a quiet, elegant place to relax and enjoy the Umbrian countryside.

Il Caio is the name for the hunting lodge and the restaurant on the property of Castello di Corbara. The restaurant is situated on the highest point of the property and is quite busy serving typical Umbrian cuisine, made from high quality local ingredients.

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