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TORGIANO ROSSO RISERVA DOCG

The production area includes the entire territory of the Town of Torgiano, with the exclusion of the alluvial land along the course of the Tiber and Chiascio rivers, as well as the lands at the bottom of the valley and along the hollows that descend on the Northern side of the hill of Brufa.
This territory, the first to be awarded the DOC in Umbria in 1968, was also the first to obtain a DOCG in 1990. These wines are everywhere worthy ambassadors of Umbrian wine, even outside of our Country. The Torgiano Rosso Riserva is a rich and complex wine, suitable for long aging.
It is made with Sangiovese grapes from 50 to 70%, Canaiolo from 15 to 30%, Trebbiano up to 10%; other red grapes can contribute (Ciliegiolo, Montepulciano) up to a maximum of 15%.
It must be aged a minimum of three years, beginning from the 1st of November of the year of the grape harvest.

TORGIANO DOC

The production area is the entire territory of the town of Torgiano, in the province of Perugia. Located in the South-East of Perugia, is characterized by not very high hills, between 180 and 300 m a.s.l. The soils consist of sandy clay and limestone.
Of fundamental importance are the human factors related to the area of production. Fragments of mosaics, remains of niches, building structures, furnaces, tanks and amphoraes testify to the presence of settlements and Villae rusticae and attest to the local habit of viticulture in Roman times. After long centuries of various historical events, to the emerging new world viticulture, Torgiano has aligned itself with the most famous Italian wine areas receiving first in Umbria, in 1968, the recognition of the Denomination of Controlled Origin which was followed by the DOCG in 1990.

Bianco
From Trebbiano (50 to 70%) and Grechetto (15 to 40%) grapes; other white vines can contribute up to a maximum of 15%.
Colour: more or less intense straw yellow. Bouquet: vinous, floral and pleasant. Taste: dry, slightly fruity and pleasantly tart.
Use with: meatless appetizers, spelt soup, 'tagliolini' with prawns, baked fish, soft cheeses.

Rosso
From 50% Sangiovese, Canaiolo (15 to 30%), Trebbiano (up to 10%) grapes; other red vines can contribute up to a maximum of 15%. It must be aged a minimum of 13 months, of which at least 6 in the bottle.
Colour: ruby red. Bouquet: vinous and delicate. Taste: dry, harmonious and full-bodied on the palate.
Use with: mixed grill, Perugian roast pork, rabbit 'alla cacciatora', sharp cheeses.

Rosato
From Sangiovese (50%), Canaiolo (15 to 30%) and Trebbiano (up to 10%) grapes; other red vines can contribute up to a maximum of 15%.
Colour: soft salmon pink. Bouquet: fruity. Taste: dry, fresh, lively.
Use with: hot appetizers, omelettes with cheese and vegetables, sausages and legume soups.

MUSEO DEL VINO in TORGIANO

The hamlet of Torgiano is also home to the regional Museo del Vino - the oldest and largest of Umbria, founded by the Lungarotti family in the 1970s and still run by the foundation today. This museum, 100% dedicated to the history of wine and olive oil in Umbria, Italy and beyond has catapulted Torgiano to the forefront of wine tourism in Umbria and is an essential stop on the Strada del Vino Cantico.

The official stamp on this town’s wine heritage can be found on her crest. The famous tower - picture on the right -, Torre di Giano, which gives the town its name (try saying it really fast) and vines containing ripe bunches of grapes combine for one very dandy coat of arms and illustrates in no uncertain terms that Torgiano is one of the most important wine towns of Italy.

MONTEFALCO

Montefalco is a stunning town located in the heart of Umbria and offers some interesting attraction for tourists. Its ancient walls, cobbled streets and stone buildings, along with lovely examples of medieval architecture preserved in beautiful churches, are just some of the sights to see and treasure.

Just across the Spoleto valley, Montefalco provides some of the best scenic views of the Umbrian landscape. Lovely orchards, olive groves and vineyards surround the town, offering all the charm and beauty of Italian nature. The rich countryside gives some great opportunities for hiking and enjoying a walk to experience it all. 

The hamlet of Montefalco, with its medieval rampart walls and Romanesque churches, is located 1,550 feet above sea level, approximately 30 miles  southeast of Perugia. The surrounding Colli Martani hills are covered with cordon-trained vines that enjoy soft breezes and long summers.

Extensive new plantings that saw the region under vine increase from 250 acres in 1990 to 1,750 acres in 2010 has forced producers to market aggressively, and some excellent values are now available to consumers.

ROSSO DI MONTEFALCO DOC

Less austere and powerful than Sagrantino di Montefalco, this red blend is made from 60 – 70% Sangiovese, 10 –15% Sagrantino and 15 – 30% other grapes, often Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Colorino.
The wine is one of the most succesfull sales case histories in the US wine market and fits perfectly the by the glass range in the restaurant business, mostly due to his price point as well as blend phillosophy.
The wine shows bright berry flavors with enough structure to pair with lasagna, pork or grilled lamb shank.

ART IN MONTEFALCO

If you like art and especially Medieval and Renaissance art, Montefalco is the place to go: catch a glimpse of its Romanesque and Gothic churches to step back in time and truly experience a slice of Italian magnificence. The church of San Francesco, moreover, now houses a museum that brings together several examples of the art and history of the area. The town is not only a beauty in itself, but is also perfectly located to travel around an amazing area of Italy. One can plan excursion trips to Perugia, Assisi, Foligno, Spoleto and Todi, all only a short drive away. Visitors can also enjoy wine tours around the region and taste some of its delicious products.