A pilgrimage for wine lovers. The Municipal Historic Archive of Montefalco preserves numerous documents that testify the care with which, long ago, local wine growers dedicated themselves to “fields planted with vines”, and Montefalco was one of the only Italian towns to practice vine-growing inside the town centre. The cultivation of grapes in the territory dates back to Roman times, and Pliny the Elder tells of a vine of special prestige drawn from the Itriola grape. But it is the Sagrantino grape, brought from Asia Minor by Franciscan friars, that blessed the City of Montefalco with oenological fortune. Although it almost disappeared from Umbrian vineyards in the 1970s, the Sagrantino was recovered thanks to the dedication of a few agricultural entrepreneurs and wine growers, who succeeded in obtaining Montefalco DOC recognition for the wine in 1979, followed by DOCG in 1992.
EAT & DRINK
Locanda del Teatro
Piazza del Comune, 19 – tel. 3477882235 – closed on Monday
Excellent and stylish restaurant with a large choice of Italian wines. My favourite place in Montefalco.
Piazza del Comune, 14 – tel. 0742 378558
A typical Italian trattoria on Montefalco’s beautiful main square.
Loc. Cerrete – tel.0742 378998
I love all of Paolo Bea’s wines, but my favourite is Montefalco Sagrantino Passito. It’s a sweet version of Sagrantino, perfect with tozzetti for dessert. It also pairs beautifully with chestnuts and strong cheeses.