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Montefalco

Located south of Perugia in Umbria, between Assisi and Terni and centred on the communes of Montefalco and Bevagna, is the Montefalco DOC. The area, granted its DOC title in 1979, is steeped in grape growing and winemaking traditions, which were first established by the Benedictines. The area's DOC was adapted to allow for the establishment of the Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG in 1992, but also to ensure a presence was maintained for the other wines produced.

Just two wines are produced under DOC regulations, one red and one white: both embrace typical Umbrian grape varieties. The native Sagrantino grape, which led to the creation of the area's DOCG, features in the rosso wine but Sangiovese is the predominant grape (a minimum of 70%). The riserva wine must have been aged for 17 months.

The bianco is dry, composed of at least 50% Grechetto, 20-35% Trebbiano Toscano and up to 15% of other local non-aromatic varieties.

Granted DOCG status in 1992 and made in Umbria, Montefalco Sagrantino is a powerful wine with great depth. Through increased care during vinification and attention to ageing practices, these Sagrantino wines have evolved from highly tannic and rustic into wines of respected quality.

The native black grape Sagrantino, grown around the town of Montefalco, is used to make wines of distinctive splendour in dry (secco) and sweet styles. Required to be at least 95% Sagrantino, both DOCG wines must be aged for 30 months, with the secco spending at least 12 months of that in oak barrels. The sweet wine is a passito, produced from dried grapes, and is regarded as one of the finest dessert wines in Italy’s central region.
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