Dutch friends of mine came to Umbria and stayed at the apartment Olmo near Spoleto. A lovely place to spend some days in Umbria.
It had been a while that we saw each other and we decided to catch up and meet in Montefalco. We tasted some typical Umbrian wine, like the Montefalco Rosso, the white Grechetto and the red Sagrantino! Sagrantino di Montefalco wine is made of 100% Sagrantino grapes and only produced in this area, a typically Umbrian wine of great quality.
For the wine tasting we went to the cantina Colle Ciocco. Lamberto Spacchetti is the owner of Colle Ciocco. I know him since I came to Umbria for the first time, about 20 years ago. The family Spacchetti makes very good wines and delicious olive oil.
Montefalco is known as the “balcony of Umbria”. It is a very beautiful medieval walled town. From the village you have breathtaking views of the Umbrian landscape. At the Piazza del Comune there is a restaurant which I like very much: L’Alchimista. Three years ago I was there with Dutch friends for a cooking course. Patrizia is the chef of L’Alchimista. She taught us how to make gnocchi and “piccione cotto in forno” – dove cooked in the oven. The menu is mainly based on seasonal and biological products. She told us that she never buys products in a supermarket and indeed one can taste the difference with anything you order in this restaurant.
At walking distance from the city centre of Montefalco we rent beautiful apartments with swimming pool.
– posted by Sylvia van der Male –