Umbria Blog | Grape Harvest at Il Torrione

The Italian word for the grape harvest is “vendemmia”. The vendemmia calendar in Umbria and South Tuscany is in late September, early October. In other parts of Italy this may be different, but early to mid fall is the period in Umbria and Tuscany.

Il Torrione Umbria Il Torrione Umbria

In September we’ve had good weather in Umbria. Antonio, the wine maker and owner of Il Torrione, started with harvesting early October. The reason to start later was to get higher sugar levels and lower acidity in the grapes for a better wine production.

Il Torrione is an agriturismo with apartments, swimming pool, vineyards and olive groves. Il Torrione produces wine (Rosso di Montefalco wine, Sagrantino wine, Passito red/white IGT) and extra vergine olive oil.

Il Torrione Umbria

At Il Torrione they all hand pick the grapes. This traditional old method is better for the wine quality than machine-harvesting.

Il Torrione Umbria

A hail storm hit late August and unfortunately many grapes were destroyed, but it wasn’t a total loss, fortunately.

Il Torrione Umbria

First they harvested the Trebbiano Spoletino. This grape is a typical grape from the area. This white wine has an orange color. How come?

Generally for a white wine it is not necessary to separate the stems from the grape, the fruit is pressed immediately. But this is not the case here. They leave the skin of the grapes in the must.

Il Torrione Umbria

The fermentation and maceration of the wine is in stainless steel tanks for about 45 days. After 45 days, the skins will be removed from the juice and the aging in the tanks will be about 6 months. This is the reason why this white wine is “Orange” and not white. This wine is an IGT wine, which means that this particular wine comes from a specific wine producing area.

Il Torrione is a wonderful location among vineyards and olive groves. The three apartments with swimming pool are a small paradise. La Vigna apartments has wonderfuls views over the surrounding olive groves and grape vines. Just picture your self sipping a good glass of Sagrantino wine made by Il Torrione and looking over the green landscape.

Il Torrione Umbria
Il Torrione Umbria

You can book these apartments through Villa in Umbria. Antonio does not live on the property. Devis is the caretaker of La Vigna and Antonio’s right hand. He takes care of the agriturismo and its guests.

La Vigna is a lovely holiday location in the green heart of Italy, Umbria.

La Vigna apartments La Vigna apartments

Pasta Amatriciana for Amatrice

Every day in the newspaper, or on television we still see images and interviews with journalists, politicians and locals about the earthquake on 24 August. Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto are destroyed. Also buildings in Norcia, Umbria have been damaged. Many people who survived the earthquake live now in tents, but will soon move to hotels and institutions before winter sets in.

In many restaurants in Italy, and in Umbria, you can order a pasta “Amatriciana”. Amatriciana is a typical pasta-dish originally from the village Amatrice based on tomatoes, pecorino, guanciale (cured pork cheek), white wine, onion and peperoncino. Amatriciana is prepared with spaghetti or also penne (short pasta).

i primi ditalia i primi italia

On Sunday October 2, 2016 I participated in the half marathon of Foligno, Umbria. We started and finished in the centre of Foligno, and in between ran through the wonderful Umbrian countryside around Foligno. The trail is flat and also ideal for walking or biking.

Course: Garmin Connect – Foligno half marathon

This race is every year on the last day of the event I Primi d’Italia. I Primi d’Italia is a popular food festival that focuses on “primi piatti” (polenta, rice, pasta and soup). During this event many top chefs all over Italy come over for food tastings, cooking demonstrations and cooking courses. It attracts a lot of visitors. Have a look at our blog about I Primi D’Italia.

I finished the race at midday and I hunkered for a good pasta. I decided to go to the “Villaggio della Amatriciana” for a Pasta Amatriciana. At the festival there were about 13 “food villages” for tastings. I could also go to the “Villaggio del Riso” or the “Villaggio della Polenta” but I felt that a little contribution for the rebuilding of the earthquake area’s was appropriate. I decided to spend my money for charity, for Amatrice!

i primi ditalia

The Pasta Amatriciana I had was delicious, I ran in the half marathon of Foligno, and gave my humble contribution for charity! I returned home satisfied.

Umbria Blog | Agriturismo il Mulino

Last summer we visited Alessandro from Il Mulino holiday apartments for new pictures and a short interview. Alessandro is the owner of this estate and together with his brother they run a farm.


The spacious apartments share a swimming pool amidst vineyards and olive groves. There also is a paddle pool for the smallest children. Il Mulino is very centrally located, between Bastardo and the wine village of Montefalco.

We asked Alessandro why people should come to his place for a holiday in  Umbria. He also recommends an enoteca in the historical centre of Montefalco: L’Alchimista in Montefalco. Curious why you should eat there? Watch this:

In the second half of June there is the Mercato delle Gaite in Bevagna, at a stone’s throw from Il Mulino. An evocation of medieval times and a real Italian experience. We’ve already written a blog about this wonderful feast.

Mercato Gaite Bevagna

From Il Mulino one can also start some bike tours in the area. The hills aren’t too steep making it possible also for the somewhat less experienced to make a bike tour.

Il Mulino is centrally located in Umbria and it has an ideal position to explore the green region of Umbria. Assisi, Spello, Perugia, but also Foligno and Trevi are all interesting places and easy to reach.

Already looking forward to your next summer holiday in 2017? Alessandro offers a 5% discount if you book one of his holiday apartments before the 31st of December 2016.