For the city of Orvieto, wine is an important resource, a distinctive peculiarity that has continued uninterruptedly over the centuries, as evidenced by archeology, art, history, craftsmanship and literature, so much so that the production of Quality Orvieto has been appreciated and celebrated over time by poets, popes, artists and travellers.
The Orvieto wine, which was also full-bodied black from the beginning, was produced everywhere. Large and flourishing vineyards were located on the same cliff, in gardens of religious cohabitation of the nobles and numerous gardeners direct growers in the city since the beginning of free municipality. So much so that the area of Piazza Cahen up to beyond the church of the Servants of Mary was called “Vigna Grande,” and behind the Cathedral, there was a large area planted with vines.
It should be noted that long before the rows, the vines were cultivated in tree-lined practice spread throughout Etruria, which cultivated the vine married to live support trees, such as elms, olive trees and oaks.
The DOC Orvieto wine obtained the recognition of the Controlled Designation of Origin on 7 August 1971.
The golden and semi-sweet style of Orvieto Abboccato, once appreciated by popes and members of the royal family, is still produced for local consumption. Some producers elaborate excellent versions from overripe grapes attacked by the noble rot, Botrytis cinerea, which gives it unique characteristics of concentration and elegance.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.