Orvieto

Orvieto, an Italian wine region located in Umbria and Lazio and centered around the town of Orvieto, is primarily known for its white wines. The region has been producing wine since the Middle Ages when Orvieto wine was known as a sweet, golden-yellow wine. Today's white Orvieto is dry, though a semi-sweet style, known as Orvieto Abboccato and Dolce (sweet), are also produced in small quantities. 

A stylish, crisp, slightly peachy white wine, Orvieto is composed primarily of Grechetto and Trebbiano along with Verdello, Drupeggio, Canaiolo and sometimes Malvasia. A step up in quality from basic Orvietos are the Orvieto Classicos, wines that come from the original, smaller Orvieto zone. 

Orvieto pairs well with fish and shellfish baked or poached with a savory sauce or fried and with seafood pasta, polenta, pesto, risotto, savory soups and vegetable dishes. 

Cheeses that go well with Orvieto include Brie and Camembert (without rinds), Colby, Cheddar (mild), Fontina, Gouda, Manchego, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Provolone, Triple Creme, St. Andre and Zamarano (Spanish sheep-milk cheese).