|Sagrantino Wine Route
Medieval spires, castles and villages line gently rolling hillsides of Montefalco to decorate this charming wine route.
The countryside boasts ancient olive groves and vineyards producing some of Italy's best vintage wines - "Sagratino".
This area forms some of Italy's most prestigious natural parks and wilderness surrounded by medieval towns and villages like Bevagna, Castel Ritaldi, Giano dell'Umbria, Gualdo Cattaneo and Montefalco, Though these villages and forests wandered St. Francis of Assisi -Umbria's most famous citizen.
Here he prayed, contemplated and "spoke" to animals.
These are the same routes along which Roman troops marched northward along the ancient Flaminian highway to fight invading barbarous tribes.
Sagrantino is considered a sweet desert wine, but is also produced in "dry" version. Once upon a time Sagrantino was even produced from dried grapes or raisons grated on wood planks. The result was a strong, full-bodied flavor.
This technique worked well with hearty Sagrantino grapes, which could last for months without decomposing and whose natural chemical composition preserved its sugar content.
In the dry and raison versions of the wine the aging process is at least 3 years before ready for consumption.
The area is also known for its excellent production of black truffles, abundant crops of fruits and vegetables and overflowing rich olive oil.
The easy-going Umbrian inhabitants are famous for their generous hospitality and cultivating lasting friendships with its visitors, as they invite you in to taste their local products.