Our interest for grape varietals has always been focused on autochthonous ones, especially Sagrantino, the exclusive grape varietal of Montefalco, for which we’re trying to deepen the many different aspects derived by its zonation. Studying the results we’re able to achieve in different vintages and from vineyards facing different directions.
It’s an approach we started with our Sagrantino cru back in 2003, when we isolated a south facing vineyard as the proper one for our “Chiusa di Pannone” Montefalco Sagrantino docg. Soon a new cru wine will be ready, whose grapes have been selected from a vineyard facing a completely different and unusual direction, but this task is accomplished with our regular Montefalco Sagrantino docg as well, because each vintage is produced thanks to the best parcels for that specific year.
Something similar is applied to Trebbiano Spoletino. A white grape varietal that was almost exctint from valleys around Montefalco, but not forgotten and just recently rediscovered. A truly important finding that has put a spot light on our production area not only for the quality achievable with red wines, but with whites as well. It’s a truly versatile grape varietal for the vinification approaches we could choose from and for the really long ageable wines it can give. Those are the reasons why for both our Trebbiano Spoletino based wines we opted for unusual techniques: long maceration on the skin in ceramic amphoras production method for “Anteprima Tonda”, and spontaneous fermentation in wood with “Trebium”.
Other grape varietals we chose are Sangiovese and Montepulciano for reds and Grechetto for whites.