Umbria is a stunningly beautiful wine region and offers sceneries of gentle rolling hills covered in vineyards, medieval towns, and spotted with pockets of thick woodlands.
Whether you love red wine, white wine or dessert wine, the Sagrantino di Montefalco wine area just outside of Perugia is the perfect wine-growing region to explore!
Sandwiched between Tuscany and Marche, Umbria is famous not only for its wines, but also for its chocolate and truffle. The best thing about Umbria is despite all it has to offer culturally and gastronomically, the region is still a relative secret, is unspoiled and pristine, and doesn’t receive tourist hordes.
You will visit prestigious estates of Sagrantino Wine Pioneers. Tour the vineyards, winery and barrel rooms and taste the best Umbrian wines such as Grechetto, Rosso di Montefalco, and Sagrantino (winner of 95 points with Rober Parker).
While wine tasting is major focus on this tour, you'll also enjoy art and culture with some walking in Montefalco and Bevagna and of course some unforgettable meals. Local ingredients you´ll see on your special tasting menus could include tagliolini pasta with white truffle, beef with black truffle, sausages from Norcia, salami and ham (also from Norcia), white figs from Amelia, wild chestnuts (used in savoury dishes and desserts), and exquisite tiny lentils from Castelluccio. If you are looking for a relaxing and “Slow Food”, then this trip in Umbria is perfect for you.
How old and how native Sagrantino actually is has always been subject to debate. But there are also numerous testimonies previous to these. Some sources suggest that this grape variety was imported from Asia Minor by followers of St. Francis returning from their missionary trips sometime during the 14th-15th centuries. Other theories about the origins of Sagrantino claim that the grape is native to Spain and that it was the Saracens who first brought it to the area. However, as the Sagrantino variety does not seem to show any similarity to other grape varieties, it can be considered a local grape variety.
The name can be traced to the Sacraments (from the Latin “sacer”- sacred), since the grape was cultivated by monks to produce a raisin wine used for religious rites. It was also the wine that farmers drank on the occasion of the religious feasts and festivals that articulated the life of the time, such as Easter and Christmas.