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WALKING ALONG THE ROADS OF MONTEFALCO SAGRANTINO DOCG
Sagrantino DOCG Wine is a typical local product of Montefalco, a Medieval Umbrian village rich in countless treasures
Walking along the roads of Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
The grapes Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG is made of has been grown for centuries on the hills around Montefalco, a Medieval village also known as "Ringhiera dell'Umbria" (The Balcony of Umbria) for the breathtaking Umbrian landscape that surrounds the town.
The most important buildings to visit within the ancient walls of Montefalco are:
- Palazzo Comunale, built in the thirteenth century,
- the Church of Saint Augustine,
- the Romanesque church of San Bartolomé dating back to 1244,
- the Church of Santa Clara, which hosts paintings from the Umbrian school.
However, the real attraction you should not miss visiting is the fourteenth-century Church of St. Francis, which now houses the Civic Museum. Inside, you will find many paintings of great Italian painters, as well as the frescoes depicting the "Stories of St. Francis" by Benozzo Gozzoli. Not far from the historical center of the village there is the fifteenth-century Church of St. Illuminata, which hosts San Fortunato in the lunette of the altar.
The most famous among the local products of Montefalco is the Sagrantino DOCG Wine. The grapes of Sagrantino are considered to be native in this area, although there are several theories about their origin. Someone thinks this variety may have arrived from Spain, others believe it was imported by the first Franciscan monks, and others claim that it was brought to Italy by the Saracens.
Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG Wine is characterized by very strong aromas that recall blackberry and black cherry fruit. As the wine ages, a bouquet of spices and ripe fruit emerges, with distinct tannins and acidity.
The Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG Wine can be tasted only after an aging period of at least thirty months. Usually, the aging period begins on, or after, December the 1st of the year of production.
Sagrantino wine is best matched with roasts, game and hard cheeses.
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