Umbria, like Tuscany is one of Italy’s most beautiful regions and bountiful in wonderful local food and wine. Tuscany has the coast and for various reasons is the better known region. Umbria however, is less visited and less spoilt, therefore it holds many hidden gems, such as Chiesa del Carmine.
Chiesa del Carmine is 10 miles north of Perugia and in easy reach of Florence and Rome. Purchased by the Sinclair family in 2009 they started work on the accommodation, olive grove, truffle wood and vineyards in 2011. By 2013 the first bottle of wine from the estate was drunk (a red blend of Sangiovese, Sagrantino and Merlot), the first Chiesa del Carmine DOP Extra Virgin Olive Oil was produced, labelled and sold and the first guests had stayed at the converted Chiesa del Carmine!
Since 2013 the estate has evolved even further and is still evolving to this day. The Vineria del Carmine is a beautifully restored building for wine tastings with further plans for cellar rooms and an event space are in the offing. One of my recommendations for Umbria would be to visit their Vineria. David, Mattia or one of the team will give you a great wine tasting experience, accompanied by beautiful local produce, such as truffle and cheese! I particularly enjoyed their Trebbiano Spoletino (native grape), Bell’angelo (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend) and Campanile (mainly Sangiovese) but you can discover more for yourself…
The Carmine Estate was once an abandoned valley. Now there are thriving vines, ancient terraced olive groves, a truffle wood and pasture producing a variety of organic produce. David Lang who runs Chiesa del Carmine is originally from Australia. David has a great passion for the region and here are his recommendations for Umbria.