Home of the Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG, this area has historically cultivated the native Sagrantino grape varietal and has produced wine fit for popes and kings throughout the centuries.
Your private English-speaking chauffeur for the day will collect you in your luxury vehicle at your accommodations in Perugia, Spoleto, Assisi or another nearby town, and you'll head out into the lush Umbrian countryside. Your first stop will be a gorgeous vineyard estate specializing in producing Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG. During your tour of the historic estate and cantina, you will learn what makes this Umbrian Sagrantino unique. You will also discover the difference between secco and passito wines and be guided through a tasting of the estate's red and white wine releases.
Your second stop in Umbria will be in one of the charming towns in the DOCG area, such as Montefalco or Bevagna. These towns have maintained the traditional, local characteristics of Umbrian villages, with their stone houses and backyard gardens. Stop in the gourmet food shops for Umbrian gastronomic delicacies such as wild boar salt-cured meats, truffles and specialty pastas. You will have time for a delicious lunch in a local trattoria serving regional Umbrian specialities before heading to your second winery of the day. As you visit your second Sagrantino di Montefalco winery, you'll be able to gain a sense of the area, and can compare and contrast these delicious red and white Sagrantino wines with your earlier expertly-guided tasting.
About Sagrantino di Montefalco Wine
Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG wines are named after the Sagrantino grape from which they are made. Although considered a native varietal, there are many legends about the arrival of the grape in the Umbrian region. These legends include a theory that the grape was brought from Spain, or imported by Franciscan friars, or that it arrived with the Saracens. The modern-day production zone covers the entire territory of Montefalco, Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo, Castel Ritaldi and Giano dell'Umbria, small towns within the province of Perugia.
There are two types of Sagrantino, secco and passito. While both must be aged before consumption, passito is unique due to a required 2-month drying period prior to the beginning of the vinification process. Sagrantino passito is a sweet wine that pairs nicely with dessert, while Sagrantino secco is great with meats and seasoned cheeses.
A few other notable local wines are the Montefalco Rosso DOC red wine, made with Sangiovese and Sagrantino grapes; Montefalco Bianco, a white wine made from Grechetto and Trebbiano grapes; and Colli Martani Grechetto DOC, a white wine made from mainly Grechetto grapes.
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