is an autochtonous
vine, this means cultivated in the places in which is still present, and not
recently imported by foreign countries. Its origin is uncertain and some
hypotheses are fanciful indeed. According to the most accredited
reconstruction, it would have been imported by the Franciscan monks
returning from Spain, already very appreciated since then. It's known that it
was used both as drink to be offered to the most illustrious guests, both in
the administration of the sacraments, as also the name would allow to
It gained the qualification of wine at
Denomination of Checked and Guaranteed Origin
(DOCG) in 1992. The
disciplinary foresees that the zone of production includes in full the commune
of Montefalco and part of the communes of Bevagna, Castel Ritaldi, Giano
and Gualdo Cattaneo.
The denomination with which can be
commercialised is Sagrantino of Montefalco
or Montefalco Sagrantino
and it exists in two typologies, '' dry
'' and '' passito
The Sagrantino of Montefalco Passito
is obtained selecting the clusters and letting them fade above special wood
hurdles for about two months. The grapes, from the particular resistance, don't
decay, and they nearly maintain unchanged their sugar degree.
It has a colour red intense ruby, almost
dark and impenetrable, like the purplish one or the pomegranate, if allowed to
rest in the wine cellar. The perfumes that it emits become more and more
complexes thanks to the refinement, but they maintain a dominant note in the
blackberry of bramble.
The result is a grandiose wine '' for
meditation '', good to drink in company without the necessity to combine any
type of food. In any case the classical approaches foresee the dry confectionery,
base tarts of blackberries or other red fruit. If particularly aged it is
excellent also accompanied by spicy and seasoned pecorino.
The Dry one
The Sagrantino of Montefalco Dry
is obtained verifying the grapes Sagrantino's purity, as it also happens for
the passito. The minimum alcoholic gradation has to be of 13° and before
selling it has to suffer a process of ageing of at least 30 months, twelve of
which in wood strokes. It derives of it a wine of big body, warm and from the
intense perfume of blackberry of bramble, from the colour very intense red
ruby. It's combined with typical local structured dishes, to the dishes with
truffle, to the game, but also with hard pasta cheeses.
Montefalco to drink
There are places where the nature combines
its elements in such way to show what has to offer as compensation for the job
of the man. In Montefalco
the water, the a...
In Montefalco was born the National Center of Passito Wines
It was born in 2002 at Montefalco the National Center of Passito Wines
, with the purpose to catalogue, to describe and to spread the culture
of the passito wines in
The Road of Sagrantino of Montefalco
Beginning from 2000 the manufacturing
communes of the Sagrantino of Montefalco
are collected in a oenological
and gastronomic circuit, historical and artistic with ...
Montefalco: the suburb of the ''Good and Nice''
is not only '' to drink '', although the fame of the Sagrantino darkens the
whole rest. But even if removing from its the panorama all the bottles, the
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