Umbria unleashed

by Cynthia David

No matter where you dine in Italy, the food is simply delicious, every ingredient infused with sunshine and minerals from fertile soil lovingly tended for centuries. I was reminded of this fact time and again during a June visit to Umbria as a guest of the Italian trade agency and Rome-based Cia, which promotes the interests of Italian farmers (…) Onward to Palazzone, just outside Orvieto, to meet owner and winemaker Giovanni Dubini, who cycles through India for fun when not home making fine wines with traditional grapes like grechetto and procanico and once-forbidden imports like viognier. Giovanni also found time to transform a crumbling palace on his property into a stunning inn, and is proud of the all-natural wine he produces by hand in the Etruscan cave near his home. 

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