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UMBRIA: MONTEFALCO… L’ALCHIMISTA

After the nice introduction tasting, it was time for a meal, of course with Montefalco wines. The enoteca (annex wine & oil bar and restaurant) L’ALCHIMISTA is located on the same piazza as the Palazzo Bontadosi. Despite the freaky threatening dark clouds and quite stressing thunder noises above our heads, we decided to stay outside [...]

UMBRIA – TOSCANA (3) … PRESS-TRIP JULY 2010

Montefalco DOC-DOCG in a nutshell Montefalco rosso / Riserva rosso DOC Must contain 60-70% sangiovese, 10-15% sagrantino, with a possible addition of maximum 30% ‘non aromatic’ (sic) red grapes like merlot, cabernet sauvignon or colorino, barbera etc. I am not quite agreeing with that ‘non aromatic’…   It can be only produced within the administrative territory [...]

UMBRIA – TOSCANA (2) … PRESS-TRIP JULY 2010

The first part of this press-trip was focused on the DOC MONTEFALCO and DOCG SAGRANTINO DI MONTEFALCO (a.k.a. Montefalco Sagrantino). After a long bus trip from Rome, we reached at least our hotel for 3 nights, Palazzo Bontadosi, in the very heart of the beautiful city of Montefalco. In the middle, PALAZZO BONTADOSI in the [...]

UMBRIA – TOSCANA (1) … PRESS-TRIP JULY 2010

I had the pleasure to visit some fantastic wineries in UMBRIA and TOSCANA (Tuscany) both in central Italy. The focus in the first part of the trip in july 2010 was MONTEFALCO and especially the DOCG wines from the sagrantino grape, vinified in two types, secco (dry) and passito (sweet, from partly dried grapes). UMBRIA [...]