SommGo Buyers Forum:
Orvieto - The Magic and Mystery of Terroir

Virtual Tasting and Discussion Live via Zoom

May 25, 2023 at 10:00am PT / 1:00pm ET

Seminar Description:

Orvieto is undoubtedly one of the most compelling and historic wines of Italy. The zone represents a rich, 3,000-year-old unbroken legacy of wine production. The town itself has been the spiritual center of Central Italy since the time of the Etruscans, which is evident in its maze of meticulously preserved underground caves and breathtaking Duomo with its magnificent colored glass facade, rose window, and striped exterior built from the same Tufo and Marble found in the landscape. During the 13th century, Orvieto was a refuge for 5 Popes, and the wines rose to be among Italy’s most sought-after. In the last 40 years, Orvieto has undergone an Estate bottling revolution, which has spurred a culture of quality and pursuit of terroir values in the region.

The wines of Orvieto are as unique and varied as the land, which is comprised of 4 terroirs: sandy, clay, alluvial, and volcanic, with wines that reflect these nuances. Orvieto DOC is one of the few great terroirs of the world to produce wines made Botrytis affected grapes and includes a wide range of styles, from delicate and dry to layered and complex, off-dry and unctuous. The diversity is staggering from such a tiny zone producing only white wines! Whether you covet a refreshing Vhino Verde, a contemplative Mersault, or a luscious Sauternes, Orvieto shoulders, if not exceeds, these examples.

Discover the untapped abundance of the people, place, & wines of Orvieto!

Consorzio Vino Orvieto

How It Works:

Tanya Morningstar will lead a live virtual tasting experience through a collection of Orvieto wines while discussing the region. Wines are shipped ahead of time to the residential address you provide during registration. Please be prepared to attend live and taste through the wines. This opportunity is open to buyers, importers and distributors.

Registration is granted on an approval basis. 

Tanya Morning Star

Tanya Morning Star, DWS, CWE, IWS, IWA

Wine Culturist

Tanya Morning Star is a full time wine educator with nearly 3 decades of industry experience. Tanya is the founder of Cellar Muse wine school, which is the approved program provider for Wine Scholar Certifications (French, Italian, and Spanish) in the Seattle area. She is also a Certified Wine Educator, an approved WSET instructor for L1-L4 curriculums, and an official Ambassador of Bourgogne Wines. After completing a comprehensive research into the history, terroirs, wines. and culture of the Orvieto zone, she is proud to have been made the Official Educational Ambassador of Orvieto Wines by the Consorzio Tutela Vini Orvieto.

Tanya is deeply interested in the why and how a wine’s identity. Through her undergraduate studies at the Sorbonne and New York University, Tanya became interested in history and cultural identity. She has been teaching Wine History at the College level for 9 years, and has recently published an online Wine History Foundations course through Napa Valley Wine Academy.