Sagrantino di montefalco, a masterpiece of italian winemaking
Sagrantino di Montefalco is by far the highest achievement for Italian red wine in the region of Umbria. The production area for this Sagrantino wine of absolute excellence includes the towns of Montefalco, Giano, Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo and Castel Ritaldi. Its name on the other hand is said to be a derivation of “sacra” and its use in religious ceremonies by Franciscan monks centuries ago.
The origins of Sagrantino di Montefalco are almost certainly traceable to the Near East, where they get lost in the shadows of time, but the varietal has been a permanent fixture to nearly 2,000 acres in the province of Perugia since its inception in Italy. Despite its central role in local economy and culture, in the 1800s it was on the verge of extinction, resuscitated from the 1970s onward with the granting of DOCG status in 1992. Sagrantino is now one of the most coveted types of Italian red wine worldwide.
Sagrantino boasts intense color and aroma, and its high polyphenol content makes it ideal for aging. It can only be sold after a maturation period of no less than 30 months, at least 12 of which in wood for the dry variety. The latter is not required for the Passito (sweet version).