DOCG Italian Wines: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG

DOCG Italian Wines: Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG

Production area and history

Production area of ​​Montefalco Sagrantino: entire territory of the municipality of Montefalco and part of the territory of the municipalities of Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo, Castel Ritaldi and Giano dellUmbria in the province of Perugia.
The hills of Montefalco, south of the city of Perugia, in the heart of Umbria, constitute the richest and most varied wine-growing area in this region. The winemaking tradition of this land originates in the Middle Ages thanks to the Benedictine monks who, with their work, reclaimed these lands by planting some of the oldest Umbrian vines. One of these is the famous Sagrantino, reputed to be of local origin despite numerous hypotheses regarding its appearance.
Some, in fact, consider it imported by the first Franciscan friars who spread it in the surrounding lands; others, on the other hand, consider it coming from Spain, if not actually introduced to Italy by the Saracens.
Already in the Renaissance the wines produced in this area were so appreciated that they were served at the rich cafeterias of the Popes and nobles of the time. In the following centuries their fame remained unchanged, even if often confined in the restricted local area, until, in 1980, with the recognition of the Doc and subsequently, in 1992, with the Docg, opportunities for commercial success presented themselves for these wines too. on the Italian and foreign markets. Although currently in the Sagrantino dry version prevails, the wine was born as a passito. At one time, in fact, Sagrantino was produced almost exclusively in the latter type, and obtained by drying the grapes on wooden racks. This production technique was very congenial to the Sagrantino grapes, capable of drying for months without rotting and with the berries that keep the sugar component intact for a long time. (Production regulations)

Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG (www.consorziomontefalco.it)

Bunches of sagrantino (photo www.cantinapoggioturri.com)

Vines - Minimum alcoholic strength - Aging and qualifications

Grape variety: exclusively Sagrantino.
Montefaco dry Sagrantino:
- minimum total alcoholic strength by volume: 13%;
- minimum total acidity: 5 per thousand;
- minimum net dry extract: 26 per thousand.
Montefalco Sagrantino passito:
- minimum total alcoholic strength by volume: 14.5%;
- minimum sugar residue: 3O g / l;
- minimum total acidity: 5 per thousand;
- minimum net dry extract: 30 per thousand.
The dry Montefalco Sagrantino wine cannot be released for consumption until after an aging period of at least thirty months, of which at least twelve in wooden barrels.
Montefalco Sagrantino passito wine cannot be put on the market until after an aging period of at least thirty months.
The aging periods, mentioned above, run from the 1st of December of the year of grape production.

Organoleptic characteristics

Montefaco dry Sagrantino:
- color: intense ruby ​​red, sometimes with violet reflections and tending to garnet with aging;
- smell: delicate, characteristic reminiscent of that of blackberries;
- flavor: dry, harmonious.
Montefalco Sagrantino passito:
- color: deep ruby ​​red, sometimes with violet reflections and tending to garnet with aging;
- smell: delicate, characteristic reminiscent of blackberries;
- flavor: sweet, harmonious, pleasant.

Pairings and serving temperature

The dry Montefalco Sagrantino binds very well with the various types of meat, from beef to pork, from kid to lamb, also enhancing the typical dishes of the game. Tasting temperature 18-20 ° C.
Montefalco Sagrantino passito, to be served at 12 degrees, is splendid with typical sweets. Classic meditation wine, lends itself to long conservation.


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