Sagrantino di Montefalco

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Sagrantino di Montefalco
Wine region
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Type DOCG
Year established 1979
Country Italy
Part of Umbria
Climate region III
Heat units 1,722 °C (3,132 °F) GDD
Size of planted vineyards 899 hectares (2,220 acres)
Grapes produced Sagrantino
Wine produced Sagrantino di Montefalco
Comments 2010

Sagrantino di Montefalco is the name given to Italian wines made with 100% Sagrantino grapes in and around the comune of Montefalco in the Province of Perugia, Umbria.[1] The wines gained DOC status in 1979, and were elevated to DOCG status in 1992 after a renewal of interest in the wine from winemakers, particularly Arnaldo Caprai. They include Montefalco Sagrantino secco, a dry red wine, and the less common Montefalco Sagrantino passito, a DOCG dessert red wine.

History[edit]

For a long time, the Sagrantino grape variety was only used for Montefalco Sagrantino passito or to fortify mixed wines, often blended with Sangiovese.

Montefalco Sagrantino secco[edit]

Under Italian law, the term "Montefalco Sagrantino Secco DOCG" defines a wine obtained exclusively from Sagrantino grapes, produced exclusively in the small area around Montefalco in the Province of Perugia, in the Umbria region of central Italy (If the grape is grown outside the comune of Montefalco, the name Sagrantino is not allowed to be used).[2] The word "secco" in the name is Italian for "dry". The wine is aged for 30 months, of which at least 12 months must be in oak barrels. The wine is a DOCG, the highest-ranking category of Italian wine denominations. The Montefalco Sagrantino secco has excellent storage characteristics.

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