Montefalco : A glass of Sagrantino - Secret World... - Secret World

06036 Montefalco PG, Italia

by Kim Jung


Think of Sagrantino and you immediately think of its native territory, Montefalco. This ancient vine can be traced back as far as the 1st century AD, but it has always remained closely linked to its native land, which represents its natural habitat. Traditionally made as a dessert wine, it was only from the late 1970s and early 80s that this varietal began to be produced regularly as a dry wine. In 1992, the Sagrantino di Montefalco became the twelfth Italian grape variety to receive a controlled and warranted designation of origin (DOCG), and is now recognised internationally as one of Italy's flagship wines. It is grown almost exclusively in Montefalco, in the province of Perugia. The Sagrantino yields a wine that is dark ruby-red in colour, characterised by fruity, spicy notes, rich and full-bodied with an unmistakeable tannic texture. The dessert variety produces an extraordinarily intense and complex wine, with a sweetness that perfectly balances the naturally harsher elements. This wine is very well-suited to long ageing.