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Grape vines have been cultivated on the hills around Lake Trasimeno since ancient times, and in 1972 the Colli del Trasimeno (Trasimeno Hills) became an official Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) area, attesting the particularly high quality of the wines.
The Colli del Trasimeno designation is exclusively reserved for white, red and rosé wines that meet specific conditions, including:
The Colli del Trasimeno wine production area includes the towns of Castiglione del Lago, Città Della Pieve, Paciano, Piegaro, Panicale, Perugia, Corciano, Magione, Passignano sul Trasimeno and Tuoro sul Trasimeno.
There are five types of red wine in the Colli del Trasimeno denomination (Rosso, Rosso Scelto, Rosso Riserva, Frizzante and Novello), four types of white wine (Secco, Bianco Scelto, Frizzante and Vinsanto), a classic white sparkling wine, and a Rosé, as well as several single grape variety wines (Grechetto, Merlot and Merlot Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, and Gamay and Gamay Reserve).
The Colli del Trasimeno Rosso is one of the most well known wines in the designation. It is an ideal accompaniment to refined dishes with complex flavours, such as appetizers of traditional cold cuts, pasta with meat sauce or ragù, porchetta and medium-aged cheeses, as well as main courses of cacciatore beef or pork.
The ideal serving temperature is between 16°C and 18°C, and the wine should be served in a Bordeaux glass and enjoyed within two or three years of the harvest.
In the white wine category, the Colli del Trasimeno Bianco Secco is widely appreciated as an accompaniment to fish dishes, and is ideal for light hors d'oeuvres, delicate fish soups, grilled or roast lake fish, and fish fillets with butter and sage.
The ideal serving temperature ranges from 10°C to 12°C, and it should be served in a Chardonnay glass.