Tucked away on higher ground north-east of Rome and south-east of Toscana, Umbria is a lesser-known wine region but one of those gems waiting to be truly discovered. The major whites are on Grechetto grape (its name hinting to its Greek origin) producing crisp, dry whites boasting flavours of wild flowers, lime and fresh almond. Varieties the Trebbiano grape is also bit in Umbria, producing wines in different styles including both still and sparkling. The white blend Orvieto Classico – a blend led by Grechetto and Trebbiano – is among the better known. Here the Trebbiano provide fresh acidity with the Grechetto providing body.
As in Toscana, Sangiovese is the leading red grape with more than 50% of red grape production, followed by Merlot and the local hero Sagrantino. Sangratino is indigenous to Umbria and is grown mostly on the hillside of Montefalco and surrounding area. In wine the grape is used both in pure form as single varietal wine and in blends, in particular together with Sangiovese. Sangratino is believed to contain more tannins than any other wine, providing a life span in the cellar of +30 years. But there is no need to wait that long to enjoy a great bottle of Sangratino.
Weather is in favour of great winemaking in Umbria. In the centre of Italy the mountains provide for cold winters with ample rainfall and hot summers, cooled with fresh mountain breezes during the day and cool nights – a weather of choice for happy grapes.
Soils are predominately limestone, chalky clay and sand providing excellent conditions for both retaining water as well as drainage on the hillsides. So Umbria has a lot going for it and this combined with local efforts increasingly going into quality winemaking, the region is set for a great future. As wine lover, if you have not tried wine from Umbria a great wine experience awaits you.
White wines on/with Grechetto pair great with acidic and herbal food such as fish and white meats with citric sauces as well as light tomato based pasta – not to forget fatty cheeses from sheep, goat and cow milk.
The red wines on Sangratino and Sangiovese are very food friendly and pair well with both pizza and pasta – and anything with black truffles, the Umbrian speciality!
Cantina Poggio Cavallo
Our company is located in the heart of Orvieto Classico, in Le Velette area. It is set on a gentle slope overlooking the Duomo and is supported by volcanic terraces beneath which an ancient Etruscan cemetery was located. To date, our company has 16 hectares of vineyards for an annual production of 120,000 bottles; its modern concept has enabled efficient management of cutting-edge production processes. The use of modern vinification and refinement processes has been put at the service of the oldest winemaking traditions. The result sets our winery in a perfectly balanced position between tradition and innovation, guaranteeing a high quality standard of the product, as well as a capillary control on every production phase, from the vineyard to the bottle.
Salve sono Eraldo Dentici dell’ omonima cantina, mi trovo a Montefalco ho iniziato la mia esperienza del vino nel 1998. Nella mia azienda di circa 16 ha produco olio e vino, nello specifico ho 7 ha di vigneto, dove ho impiantato sangiovese 3 tipologie sagrantino merlot chardonnay trebbiano toscano e grechetto. Dal 2016 sono entrato nell’ agricoltura biologica, da quel periodo non ho più usato niente in cantina per i vini solo pochissimi conservanti in vendemmia circa 2gr per quintale di uva e all’ occorrenza prima dell imbottigliamento per garantire la stabilità dei vini. La mia produzione è di circa 35.000 bottiglie circa suddivise su 6 tipologie: Umbria Grechetto igt “esimio” (macerato) Umbria Rosso igt “musa (sangiovese solo acciaio) Montefalco rosso doc “corcurione” (sangiovese sagrantino e merlot) Montefalco Sagrantino secco docg “cipriano” Montefalco Sagrantino passito docg “piccolpasso” Umbria Rosato igt “romeo” (solo sangiovese metodo ancestrale” Non uso lieviti, no controllo temperatura, fermentazione spontanea,chhiarifiche solo a volte Le solforose totali vanno da 18 mg a massimo 43 circa le libere sono al di sotto dei 20mg
ADANTI AZIENDA AGRICOLA
The Farm Adanti is one of the historic cellars of the Montefalco area in Umbria, famous for its wines protected as Sagrantino and Montefalco Rosso. It covers about 40 hectares of land, of which 30 to vineyards and 10 to olive groves, located in the hilly areas of Arquata and Colcimino, famous since ancient times for its high quality of olive oil and wine. The company was founded in the years 60s of the last century, when Domenico Adanti decides to buy the villa Arquata beginning the renovation of the old convent of the Friars Celestine, built on the ruins of the Roman period and then the late Renaissance, and performing at once the replanting of old vines and plant new ones. The winery produces mainly red wines from indigenous grapes, Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG dry and sweet, and then the Montefalco Rosso DOC and the Red Arquata Umbria IGT, but also continues to produce the characteristic white wines such as the Grechetto and the Montefalco Bianco. The grapes used, mainly varieties Sangiovese and Sagrantino, but also Cabernet, Barbera, Merlot and Grechetto, come exclusively from estate vineyards. Today the actual owners of the farm, Daniela e Donatella Adanti, still aim for a quality production of selected wines and extra virgin olive oil, constantly turning the utmost care to all its products, in respect of the territory and its ancient traditions.
CANTINA FRATELLI PARDI S.S.
The Pardi family comes from Montefalco. Montefalco was one of the few towns where the vineyards were planted and protected within the town walls and the growing of the grapevine in the area dates back to the Pre-Roman age.Our story begins in 1919, when the three Pardi brothers: Alfredo, Francesco and Alberto decided to produce and market local wines. The grapes used for the production partly belonged to the family and partly were bought from the local landowners. The wines were sold all over Umbria, and sometimes also out of the region, to important customers, such as the Vatican City. The Sagrantino was exclusively Passito and the grape clusters were dried on straw mats for 2-3 months during winter before being pressed. In those times about 30 quintals of Sagrantino Passito were produced and the ageing went on for two years. The Sagrantino Passito was marketed in five and ten litre bottles. The delivery of the wines was made by demijohns that were carried by the “ cacciatora”, a long and narrow cart drawn by horses along the dusty roads. Large quantities were delivered by 54 up to 140 litre barrels, carried by lorries. The winery was successful and in 1925, at the exhibition of Oils and Wines from Umbria and Sabina, in the Town Hall in Montefalco , the Pardi Brothers were awarded the silver medal for the red wines by the Minister of National Economy. In 1943 Alberto passed away and his brothers are elderly . In the following years the founders’ sons decide to enter upon a new business; they close down the winery and in 1949 establish the weaving mill Tessitura Pardi . The tradition and the competence of wine-growing were handed down by Alberto’s son, Rio Pardi who kept up producing small quantities of Sagrantino Passito. In 2002 their great grand-sons Francesco, Gianluca Rio and Alberto Mario ( with the help of their parents Alberto and Linda) , driven by the will of the Pardi family to keep on the tradition, restore the building in Via Giovanni Pascoli in Montefalco and revive their great grandfathers’ winery, with its indelible memory
A unique family owned estate, Torre Bisenzio sits atop a hillside with arresting views across Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany. This enviable position has strong historical roots. Indeed, the beautifully restored Tower or Torre, once a customs post on the border of the Papal States and the Republic of Florence, is a glimpse into 13th century history and forms the jaw dropping focal point of the estate. The philosophy of Torre Bisenzio is clear - to produce boutique, authentic and environmentally sustainable Umbrian wines. The estate has been organically certified since 2001 and now working biodynamically in the vineyards, very much believe the future lies in this holistic approach. Much of the water on the property is sourced from underground wells, and the electricity produced by solar panels on the barns. The land and soil Our soil comprises sedimentary clay, gravel sands and alluvial silt with marine fossils (sea shells and oysters), originally ocean-floor from the mid Pliocene period (5.3 to 2.6 million years ago). Our most important work happens in these soils where across five hectares we grow indigenous varieties Sangiovese, Grechetto and Canaiolo as well as internationally recognised Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Nero and Cabernet Sauvignon. Our wines reflect the incredible location in which they are grown, matched by our approach to protect and enhance our local environment.
Goretti wineries has been handed down for generations, making it a family-owned and -operated producer of top quality, award-winning Umbrian wines. The Goretti vineyards are located in the heart of Italy’s Umbria region, just outside the city of Perugia city and in the hearth of Montefalco DOCG area as well. This hilly region is known for its rich, flavorful and full-bodied white and red wines. The Goretti family takes great pride in their family’s antique tradition of winemaking, today they also employ sophisticated modern techniques to produce their wines. Their expert winemakers and enologists are involved in every stage of the wine-making process, from grape selection to bottling, all leading to the culmination of a year’s hard work. We produce indigenous wines from our local grapes from the intense and tannic Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG to the fruity Grechetto white grape. We export in 18 countries and we are always interested to consider new opportunity to build our GORETTI brand.
Colle del Saraceno
The property is located at 470 meters, on the slopes of the hills around Montefalco, in the center of Umbria Region. It was founded at the beginning of the '900 by the Botti family and since then has always continued to expand thanks to a great job and a tenacious will. He has always included vineyards of "Sagrantino"; therefore we have continued to preserve the traditions and techniques of winemaking for decades, even when elsewhere they had almost disappeared. The same ones that we continue to use today, supporting, without forcing them, the natural processes. The quantity of grapes that is vinified - only a part of the entire harvest - in the family house is very limited, in order to maintain HIGH QUALITY and CONSTANT over time. The Farm produce an Extra-virgin olive oil of superior category obtained only through mechanical procedures with cold extraction method.
Founded in 1964, the historic headquarters of the Benincasa Winery is located in Capro, in the municipality of Bevagna. The hectares planted with vineyards lie on the gentle and sunny hills of Bevagna, in the heart of the prestigious wine-growing area of Montefalco, the land of origin of the now well-known and prestigious Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG wine. Right here the founder Domenico Benincasa began the pioneering work of the modern cultivation of the Sagrantino grape. The Benincasa Winery is in fact the first winery registered in the Sagrantino register. Our production: Montefalco Sagrantino docg, Montefalco Rosso doc, L'Incontro sparkling wine dry, Vincastro Rosso Umbria igt, Vincastro Bianco Umbria igt.
TENUTA SAN ROCCO
In the heart of Umbria,Tenuta San Rocco rises up on the hills facing TODI. The centuries old county residence is home to San Rocco Estate: a farm,vinyard and farmhouse inn. The goal of this family-run business is to produce and obtain excellence in both the wine and gastronomic offering guest are served at the inn. Modern wine making technologies, the result of the rofessionalism and passion of Dr. Giovanni Perni, general manager, ensure the obtainment of prestigious wines in which the aromas of the fruit stand out,featuring a balanced,well rounded taste. The varietis of grape grown on the property include Sangiovese grosso, Merlot, Petit Verdot red grape in addition to Grechetto di Todi, Viognier and White Muscat. The wine cellar is located in a building adjacent to the Villa and equipped with state-of-the art technologies for vinification, and bottling. The ground floor and the basament of the Villa house the old cellar where the wines are aged in oak barrels and special cement barrels in shape of an egg. The main products are : MORETTO Sangiovese DOC, Palombaccio Sangiovese Reserve DOC, Villa San Rocco Merlot Reserve DOC, Poggio Marcigliano Grechetto di Todi Superior DOc, La Vigna Viognier IGT Umbria
The origins of our family are rooted in Montefalco where it has always lived and cultivated land since 1568, as documented in the Historical Archives of the Municipality. In 1827 the property was managed by the heir Maria Aloisa Moncelli, a woman of great culture and wisdom who gained the name of "La Veneranda" (The Venerable). In those years the Noble Maria Aloisa dedicated herself with great passion and care to carry on the production in her lands, the same passion handed down from mother to daughter over the generations up to the present days. Nowdays, La Veneranda is an exclusively female-run winery where Eleonora Alessandrelli and Anna Rita Scarca, with the love for their land passed on to them by their families, take care of the farm by committing themselves to the enhancement of Montefalco wines and the preservation of our beautiful land. Our winery is committed to the preservation and cultivation of indigenous vines such as Sagrantino, Grechetto and Sangiovese.
Casali del Toppello
The winery "Casali del Toppello" is located in Corciano, Umbria. A young company, founded in 2009, consists of 28 hectares of vineyards and olive groves, located in the charming hills of the Trasimeno. Our goal is the production of high quality wine, using the most modern technology but respecting the traditions. The company has over 8 hectares of vineyards, included in the DOC "Colli del Trasimeno" and comprising the Sangiovese variety (big clone, the same of Brunello), Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gamay del Trasimeno for red and Grechetto and Chardonnay for whites. The altitude of 380 meters above sea level, exposure and optimum climatic conditions make our vines perfect for the production of red wines suitable for aging that blend well with the culinary tradition of our region. The production of our company boasts 5 different labels of red wines, one rosè and one white, both DOC and IGT.
Scacciadiavoli is one of the oldest winery in the area of Montefalco. The name Scacciadiavoli can be traced back to an episode of exorcism of the 14th century, reported by Johannes de Rupescissa in the Treaty on the Quintessence. The story tells about a young woman possessed by the devil, to which an exorcist give her drink the local red wine, succeeding in drive out the devil. The event gave its name to the village, still exists, appropriately called Scacciadiavoli. In the mid-nineteenth century, Prince Ugo Boncompagni Ludovisi built the winery, which is still functional and rational; From that moment, given the monumental size of the building, the site is called Località Cantinone (large cellar). At the moment , the company owns 130 hectares, 41 of which are vineyards. The rest is made up of seasonal crops. The vineyards occupy different sides of the hill in Montefalco, Gualdo Cattaneo and Giano and the wines produced are typical of the name "Montefalco". OUR WINES: Spumante Brut Metodo Classico (85% Sagrantino 15% Chardonnay) Spumante Brut Rosè Metodo Classico (100% Sagrantino) Montefalco Grechetto D.O.C. (100% Grechetto) Montefalco Bianco D.O.C. (50% Trebbiano Spoletino 30% Grechetto 20% Chardonnay) Montefalco Rosso D.O.C. (60% Sangiovese 25% Merlot 15% Sagrantino) Montefalco Sagrantino D.O.C.G. (100% Sagrantino) Montefalco Sagrantino Passito D.O.C.G. (100% Sagrantino)
The Neri’s winery rise on top of the Bardano’s hills among estate vineyards surrounding Orvieto, A city perched on a volcanic rock dedicated to the viticulture tradition for 3000 years. Steeped in rich history, medioval architecture, tranquil garden and estate winemaking make us a one-of-a-kind Orvieto destination. The Etruscans understood the territory's natural wine vocation and dug the first tuff caves to create great “natural” cellars. Still today in these cellars the Neri's wine aging. Dates back to the beginning of 1950 the acquisition of the land where today Enrico Neri’s winery sits. This is the story of a family’s passion and their dedication to land. From the cool grechetto and trebbbiano to Sangiovese and Montepulciano from the warm and clay soils, their dedication to crafting wine is unparalleled. Join us for a guided walking tour of our estate, learn about the Neri’s family history and explore the garden, ancient architecture, and winery cellar. Sip on a flight of estate-grown wines as you experience the winemaking journey with up-close access to fermentation tanks and wine barrels. The journey continues through etruscans underground wine caves, and concludes in our intimate tasting room.
Piccola Cantina Rossi
We are a small natural organic winery. We handcraft wine in Italy, in the Umbria region, precisely Castello delle Forme in the DOC Colli Perugini area, with grapes from the old family vineyards and the new vineyards planted from 2003 to 2006, vinified in the old master cellar. Since 2005 we have directly bottled our wines, and in 2007 we have switched to Organic Agriculture, since 2016 we have been associated with VinNatur, the largest European association of producers of Natural Wines, whose quality is provided by the residual analyzes that each year of the Association associated with the wines of all associated winemakers. All the grapes are rigorously picked by hand, with harvest days in which all the family and friends participate, and immediately worked, macerated, then manually pressed with ancient vertical wooden presses. Fermentation is spontaneous with the exclusive use of indigenous yeasts, therefore already present in grapes and in winemaking environments. Our wine contains grapes and minimum quantities of sulphites. In short, we are one of those cellars with a passion for craftsmanship, authenticity and naturalness of wine. Where wine is still considered a food and as a story it must be preserved from any sophistication extraneous to the raw material. Our wines break the lines and come out of the current canons, they are pure primitive wines, cured in every aspect, assigned at the end, from cultivation free of chemicals to respect for the grapes in the cellar, to give the wine that vitality that reveals unique sensations. A reference to the earth and the stones, to the wood of the vines, to the iron wires that support them.
Azienda Agricola Montemelino
Montemelino is a small organic farm on the shores of Trasimeno lake: a land that has been cultivated with vines and olive trees since the time of the Etruscans. The special microclimate offered by the lake, surrounded by rolling hills, has favoured quality productions: the DOC region is characterized by Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Gamay del Trasimeno for red wines, Trebbiano and Grechetto for white wine. Montemelino is a family-run farm that has been producing quality wines and extra virgin olive oil since 1961: the winery is part of our house. We are fortunate to be in places of rare beauty on the border between Umbria and Tuscany in a landscape of small villages and tranquillity. We have turned the farmhouses into apartments for those who want to spend their holidays in the green heart of Italy.