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The Sagrantino.


Sagrantino di Montefalco is one of the oldest red wines in Italy. Some sources recount the story that around 1400 missionary Friars who were followers of Saint Francis, arrived in Asia Minor. They were fascinated by the taste of a particular wine. They decided to bring the vine to Italy, and told their brothers in Assisi. Thus, the roots of the vine traveled a quite long distance before landing in Umbria. The name Sagrantino alludes to the sacraments since the grapes were cultivated by the Friars to make a “passito” (wine made from grapes dried on straw mats to increase their sugar strength) The wine was used for the liturgical rites so the name is associated with the notion of sacredness.

There are supporters of the idea of an indigenous origin which may have been obtained from local clones. They would have been born from the vines of Umbria in the heart of the Italian peninsula amongst hills, towers, villages and medieval castles.

At the time of the Renaissance, the wine of Montefalco was known and thoroughly appreciated as valuable wine. This fact is supported by historical evidence of 1565. The local district governor of the fortress of Perugia, Cipriano Piccolpasso, mentioned the wine in a Papal State report destined to arrive at the desk of the Pope. Therefore, it can be affirmed with reasonable certainty that Sagrantino is more than four hundred years. Also there is a manuscript document kept in the Notary Archives of Assisi in which there is the first mention of the Sagrantino grape. Another curious character in the history of Sagrantino di Montefalco is Cardinal Boncompagni, papal ambassador to Perugia, who in 1622 initiated severe penalties for those who had anyone caught in the act of cutting a grape plant; the maximum penalty could even be the gallows.

In 1925 Sagrantino was recognized for its fine quality. At the oenological (the study and the making of wine) exhibition in Umbria, Montefalco was designated as the most important wine center of the region. The Sagrantino obtained the recognition of DOC in 1979. Then in 1992, the Sagrantino became DOCG. A protection consortium was established as early as 1981.



Protocol of the Sagrantino di Montefalco

The "Montefalco Sagrantino" is a controlled and guaranteed Denomination of Origin reserved for red wine, of the "Secco" and "Passito" types, which must be obtained from the grapes of vineyards exclusively from the "Sagrantino" vine cultivated throughout the Municipality of Montefalco and part of the Municipalities of Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo, Castel Ritaldi and Giano dell'Umbria located in the province of Perugia.

The maximum production of grapes per hectare is 80 ql / ha and maximum yield of grapes in 65% wine. The minimum acidity coefficient must be equal to 4.5g / l and the minimum alcohol quantity must not be less than 13.00% vol. The "Montefalco Sagrantino" wine in the Secco and Passito varieties are submitted to an obligatory aging period of at least 33 months, starting from 1 December of the year of production of the grapes, of which - for the Secco type only - at least 12 months in oak barrels of any size and cannot be released for consumption until after a further refinement period of at least 4 months.

The color is a deep ruby red often with violet reflections and becoming a garnet color with aging. The resulting sensory characteristics are: due to the dry, delicate, distinctive aroma, reminiscent of blackberries. The taste is dry yet harmonious. The aroma is quite penetrating on the nose with typical hints of blackberry, plum and leather fragrance that are perfectly aligned to the vanilla emanating from the wood. The taste is powerful, soft and velvety. It is a long-aging wine thanks to its natural antioxidant capacity--at least 10-15 years.

We only use the traditional environmental and cultivation conditions for maintaining the best quality of the vineyards. All of the vineyards are carefully situated for the best position and exposure, to achieve a fine quality viticulture. Equal vigilance is given to avoid an excessively damp or insufficiently sunny part of the land. The planting density for new plants and replanting done right after the entry into force of the new specification from the 2016 harvest is never less than 4,000 vines per hectare. The "Montefalco" Rosso Doc may be released for consumption on May 1st of the second year following the harvest after spending an obligatory aging period of a minimum of 18 months.

The DOC "Montefalco" Rosso Riserva may be released for consumption on May 1st of the third year following the harvest after spending an obligatory aging period of at least 30 months, 12 of which are in wooden barrels of any dimension. Aging periods start November 1st of the year of production of the grapes. For the winemaking process of the "Montefalco" Rosso Riserva type, the grapes must be the recorded in a specific report along with the cellar records indicating the destination of these same grapes. Therefore, at the pointed time when the wines are released for consumption, they are required to meet the following characteristics:

“Montefalco” Rosso:
Color: ruby red.
Aroma: classic and fruity.
Taste: dry, harmonious, and robust.
Minimum total alcohol content by volume: 12.00% vol.
Minimum total acidity: 4.5 g / l.
Minimum non-reducer extract: 23.0 g / l.

"Montefalco" Rosso Reserve:
Color: ruby red tending to garnet with aging.
Aroma: intense, fruity, sometimes with spicy and balsamic overtones.
Taste: dry, harmonious, full-bodied and lingering.
Minimum total alcohol content by volume: 12.50%.
Minimum total acidity: 4.5 g / l.
Minimum non-reducer extract: 23.0 g / l.

Montefalco Rosso boasts an intense and brilliant, ruby red color with purple hues. The resulting wine displays the following characteristics: classic, fruity smell; dry, harmonious and a robust taste. The aroma lingers with a pleasant persistence on the nose with typical hints of wild berries, raspberry, and blueberry that are perfectly balanced with the vanilla provided by the wood. The taste is full and slightly tannic. This is a wine with aging capacity that evolves in the bottle, if well preserved, for 5 years or more.

The "Montefalco" Rosso Riserva has an intense, fruity aroma, sometimes with spicy and balsamic overtones--dry taste, harmonious, with a persistent full body.