Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 5When it comes to traveling Europe and making decisions on things to do, I’d really advise you to check Trip Advisor. Decugnano Dei Barbi Vineyard is one of the top rated attractions of Orveito Italy and there is good reason why. With a beautiful landscape, deep history and quaint Tuscan style housing / paired alongside Anna Rita the master wine taster, not even rain can make it a bad day for a tour.

Trip Advisor isn’t exactly how I learned about the winery. I was talking to a Commander that I usually share travel tips and ideas with who stands a watch 4 times a week where I work. Normally I just meander on over to the watch floor and start chatting with him.

I basically stole 2 of his ideas for my dad and I and over the next few posts, will explain. Him, his wife, and his daughter, had gone to Decugnano Di Barbi winery 2 weeks before and loved it, so I decided to write it down as a must see and was not disappointed.

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 56A quick snap shot as we arrived at the winery which was definitely up some very windy roads and not accessible without a car.

Decagnano Dei Barbi MapHere’s the map snapshot from Naples.

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 46When you arrive at the gate, its very obvious its a remote area and quiet. It would be wonderful to be walking these grounds for sunrise and sunset on a daily basis.

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Rows upon rows of grapevines

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 25Arriving at the main house we jumped out of our car and immediately walked down the lane to begin the wine tour. (We had arrived a couple of minutes behind schedule and they had already started).

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 4Even though we were late, I couldn’t resist a couple of photos of the grounds ūüôā

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THE TOUR

First you walk over to the main building and discuss the different types of grapes used for the different kinds of wines. You’ll get a rundown of the winery and a short history. Then, you get to walk down to these caves that were naturally made. The perfect temperature¬†to store hand made champagne during its 5 year aging process.


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For removing the tops of the bottles

In the back room are old style machines that they still use today to finish the champagne. Remember that sediment that sits at the top of the bottle I was telling you about? Well that must be removed before the bottle is ready to be sold otherwise your first sip would be all that nasty stuff. That’s what these machines are¬†designed¬†to do.

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 13The machine on the right is a centrifuge to ensure all of that sediment goes all the way down into the neck of the bottle, then the bottles are frozen to maintain the carbonation, the lid is removed, the ice with the sediment is cut out, more wine is added to fill the bottle, and the cap is replaced. The champagne is ready for selling.

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 15After all that work, its time to pop the bubbly!

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 16The machine all the way to the left is used to refill the champagne where it had been removed.

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 17Sitting on the shelf, waiting to age. 

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 18The next room over is full of the barrels of wine.¬†Each¬†barrel is handmade and Anna Rita says when you start talking about¬†barrels that’s another topic entirely. You could spend days explaining the ins and outs of barrel making, if you cared to know.

These barrels are new and just changed out. When they receive them they fill them with water to make sure there are no leaks. Better to have some water spill out and not waste any fine wine! eek!

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Aging red wine in barrels

Down in the cave the temperature is cool enough for the aging wines and not very humid.

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Cork in the side where wine is removed with a pipet

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 21Rows of aging barrels, so much wine to buy.

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 22Walking out of the caves and heading back up the hill.

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 48To the chapel, for the wine tasting!

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The Chapel

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So excited for the wine tasting here.

Looks like we made it back just in time, because the clouds are growing dark and you could feel that it was about to rain.


Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 24One last view of the grounds before we head into the chapel to drink good wine and anti pasti.

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Setting out all the anti-pasti

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So many good foods to pair with the wines.

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Yummmm.


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Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 35Just as we started on the second glass, the rain came tumbling down. We were very happy to be inside while the storm blew through.


Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 38After the wine tasting was finished it was one last walk back down the lane to the wine shop and our cars.

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Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 42I really love this place! It’s so peaceful and lovely.

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Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 52Moseying past the grapevines. 

Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 53 Decugnano Dei Barbi Wine Tasting, Orveito Italy 54In the wine shop I stocked up with a box (6 bottles) of red wine and a box of the sparkling wine. It really was worth the trip.

We’re headed to Civita di Begnoregio next to stay in an eroding city and explore the area. Can’t wait to share it with you guys!

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