Umbria, known as "the green heart of Italy", is the only landlocked province in Italy. Located south of Tuscany, at a crossroads between the North and the South, between the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian seas, Umbria has seen vines and wines since the ancient Etruscans. Settled amid the Apennines hills and mountains, the Etruscans were a mysterious pre-Roman society inhabiting present-day Umbria, whose chieftains and priests three millennia ago put wine at the center of their festivals and religious ceremonies.

The Etruscans built Orvieto, Umbria’s capital in the province of Terni, on a tufa base; tufa is a variety of limestone, which is a key component in the Orvieto appellation’s terroir. The Romans, who conquered the Etruscans, called it Urbs Vetus (old city). The city’s name also graces Umbria’s most prestigious white wine, Orvieto, which Cantine Bigi has for decades been one of its most renowned producers.

The Orvieto Classico DOC appellation was established in 1931 by the Italian Government; its vineyards cover the central and best areas of Orvieto. Those areas are the source of the grapes for Bigi's Orvieto Classico DOC and Amabile wines. (see below).

The Orvieto DOC area is divided into Orvieto Classico, a smaller zone around the tufa rock with higher quality requirements, and the Orvieto area completing the appellation to the North and South.

Cantine Bigi was founded in 1880 and owns more than 600 acres planted to classic white and red grape varieties; the former most notably Trebbiano, Grechetto and Drupeggio, among others. Cantine Bigi provides authentic white and red Umbrian wines, with each bottling maintaining tipicity in a modern and approachable style.

Current Selections

  • Est! Est!! Est!!! di Montefiascone

    One of Italy’s top-selling wines, legend says that this word EST— meaning, “it is” in Latin—was used by a bishop’s steward to indicate an area producing high-quality wines. In Montefiascone, the steward proclaimed Est! Est!! Est!!! To emphasize the superior quality. Bigi’s Est! Est!! Est!!! is a blend of 65% Trebbiano Toscano, 20% Malvasia Bianca, 15% Trebbiano Giallo. Bigi’s Est! Est!! Est!!! is fresh, fruity and offers an appealing floral bouquet; on the palate, it has a soft elegant, and lingering finish of plums.

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  • Orvieto Classico Amabile DOC

    Bigi’s Orvieto Classico Amabile DOC is a medium, off-dry wine whose palate is not too fruit driven. It is blended from: 50% Trebbiano Toscano (Procanico), 20% Grechetto, 10% Verdello, 10% Malvasia Toscana, and 10% Drupeggio. The fermentation of wine is stopped before all its sugars are transformed into alcohol, giving a medium, off-dry taste. Bigi’s Orvieto Classico Amabile offers a strong bouquet of wild flowers, honey and musk, sweet, very soft, but fresh and lively. Bigi Orvieto Classico Amabile pairs well with sweets.

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  • Orvieto Classico Secco DOC

    Bigi’s Orvieto Classico Secco DOC is the estate’s flagship white wine, featuring intense floral and fresh almond notes. Its grapes—10% Drupeggio, 20% Grechetto, 10% Malvasia Bianca, 50% Trebbiano, and 10% Verdello—are grown in the classic Orvieto DOC appellation and vinified in stainless steel. One of the world’s most famous white wines, Bigi’s Orvieto Classico Secco DOC is a dry wine that is an ideal companion as an aperitif as well as for salads, light pastas, and seafood.

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