While bordering with Tuscany, Umbria became a prominent wine region thanks to a very distinctive winemaking style, especially for white wines. It is part of the tradition in Umbria to blend Chardonnay grapes with a small percentage of autochthon grapes, such as Grechetto, creating a uniquely Italian expression of popular international blending grapes.
Newer to Umbria has been the experiment to blend Chardonnay with a small portion, or about twenty percent, of Viognier grape.
The origin of the Viognier grape is practically a mystery, but perhaps originated in Croatia and then brought by the Romans to the Rhône region, in France. More importantly, the Viognier grape has a marked aroma and takes an even greater mineral acidity and freshness when the grape is cultivated in gravel soils, such as the ones in mount Subasio, Umbria, where Saio vineyards are located. This area is known for its temperature changes between night and day, together with strong winds, giving the grapes an even more peculiar aroma.
The production of this wine involves a short passage in barrique for only a small part of the Chardonnay (max 30%) while leaving the rest of the Chardonnay and Viognier in steel tanks. Resulting in a uniquely mature white wine that has a long living potential.
RECOMMENDED PAIRINGS: white truffles, fish dishes, wonderful as aperitif with finger food. Fantastic pairing with white meat, smoked salmon, quiche, ricotta with mashed pears.
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 10 °C
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.5%
WINE STORAGE: between 12 and 16 °C, away from direct sources of light, avoiding excessively dry conditions.