Umbria Blog | Bellavita EXPO Amsterdam RAI

UmbriaTopWines is an association for wine producers in Umbria. Together they travel all over the world to present their TOP wines. Last weekend a few wine producers of this association were present at the Bellavita Food & Wine Expo in Amsterdam RAI.

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Il Torrione is a small wine producer whose owner is Antonio. He originally comes from Rome but he is very passionate about Umbrian wines. His estate in Gualdo Cattaneo comprises 2 hectares of vineyards. He produces about 1500 – 2000 bottles of Sagrantino di Montefalco and 7000 bottles of Rosso di Montefalco wine. The wines he produces are of high quality, one can taste his passion.

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During the Bellavita Expo many people enjoyed the wines of Il Torrione. Especially the Bianco IGT (100% Trebbiano Spoletino). Not only because of the taste but also for it’s colour orange. Also the Rosso di Montefalco (70% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot and 15% Sagrantino) and the Sagrantino Passito (100% Sagrantino) were very much appreciated.

The Rosso di Montefalco 2012 wine was listed to be qualified by a jury. During the presentation of the Italian wines, Il Torrione received a qualification of 3 stars, which is the best qualification you can get at the Bellavita Expo!

Umbria has beautiful wines that are really worth tasting. Especially the Sagrantino wine is very special.

Curious about the wines of Il Torrione? You can order them directly through their website or by sending an email.

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And would you fancy a stay at Antonio’s wine estate? Ask us for more information.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.