The cuisine and fine wines of Italy have rightly drawn travelers from every corner of the globe for centuries. Planning your trip around the preponderance of regional food and wine is one of the best ways to experience this stunning country.
Tuscany may be your first option when thinking about traveling to the Italian countryside. However, if you want to have a completely authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience, Umbria should be added to your bucket list! You have not experienced Italy until you have sampled Montefalco Sagrantino. This king of Umbrian wines is of superlative character.
The origin of the wine is centuries old and can be traced back to the first Franciscan friars, who cultivated the unique grape for “sacramental use”.
While Sagrantino was first linked to the production of sweet wines, obtaining official recognition as a 'superior dessert wine' (today represented by the Sagrantino Passito), it also holds its own alongside the great Italian reds, thanks to the recently produced 'dry' version.
Naturally, it took some time to obtain DOC recognition and the journey to achieve It was paved with uncertainty. In the 1970s Sagrantino grape fell out of favor and growers considered uprooting it and replacing it with other famous grapes. But fortunately, this didn’t happen. The determination of several committed producers not only saved the vine, but their efforts propelled Sagrantino to the top of the worldwide enology list, attaining in 1992 official recognition by the Italian quality system as DOCG wine (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin).