Wine tourism: discovering Umbria through its wines

Wine tourism: discovering Umbria through its wines

If you want to practice wine tourism this summer, Umbria is the region for you, starting with Sagrantino di Montefalco.

A recent tourism promotion campaign enhances the beauty of the Umbrian sea : an ironic way to tell the sea of ​​things to see and do, in a region that does not suffer from the lack of a view of the coast.discovering Umbria through wine tourism is an excellent starting pointThe ‘ wine tourism , for example, provides good opportunities to explore the inland areas of our country, particularly in this period when the holidays proximity are an obvious choice. For those who want to visit Umbria and deepen their food and wine knowledge, one of the addresses to mark is that of La Ghirlanda Wine Resort within the Tenuta di Saragano, in the countryside of Gualdo Cattaneo. Already awarded in the past as Best Charming Agritourism, a winery was recently inaugurated inside, where it is possible to taste zero-kilometer wines , produced with grapes from the surrounding vineyards.

With Matteo De Paoli , wine blogger and sommelier, we discover the wines of the Tenuta di Saragano which this year celebrates its hundred years of activity.

  1. Montefalco Rosso . It can be defined as a flag wine, since it is the most representative both in terms of territoriality and public response. Montefalco Rosso, following the disciplinary, is produced with a blend of Sagrantino and Sangiovese grapes (in the case of Saragano there is also a percentage of Merlot). Put on the market 5 years after the harvest, it is a structured wine with well-present tannins and goes perfectly with the land dishes typical of the Umbrian culinary tradition: from game to first courses with porcini mushrooms.
  2. Sagrantino di Montefalco Docg . It represents the excellence of the area and requires time especially in the vineyard. The Sagrantino harvests are in fact late, because it is the most tannic grape in the world. To balance this characteristic, we aim for a complete ripening, keeping the fruit on the plant as much as possible, even up to November, taking on considerable climatic risks that could nullify the work of a year. Extremely structured, from an organoleptic point of view it presents various tertiary hints of aging (cocoa, leather, coffee), while the red fruits are decidedly more attenuated.
  3. Sagrantino Passito . The passita version needs a further dose of patience: in fact, the grapes are overripe on the plant and after the harvest a suitable environment is created for drying in the cellar, allowing the grapes to lose most of their water. It is a product that is not made every year in Saragano, as it is particularly valuable and therefore has a difficult commercial approach.
  4. Montefalco Bianco . In the last two years, the Tenuta Saragano has also harvested Trebbiano Spoletino grapes, a native vine rediscovered in recent times, whose bunch curiously reminds a little of the shape of Italy. Currently the wine is still in steel and its intended use is being considered. He will probably go and marry Grechetto to create a new Montefalco Bianco label. With this blend the goal is an increase in complexity and freshness thanks to the angular characteristics typical of Trebbiano.
  5. Montefalco Grechetto . Montacchiello is a white wine, produced exclusively with Grechetto grapes which, although it only makes steel, has a particular character since also in this case, the harvest takes place relatively late. In the glass it is golden yellow, very bright, while the nose recalls citrus and dried fruit notes. In the mouth it is opulent and round but maintains a certain freshness. Excellent accompaniment to cheeses, coming out of Umbria, it is also to be tried with shellfish.

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