Umbria Blog | Montefalco and Giro d’Italia

Like every year around this time, the Giro d’Italia is going through Italy. On Tuesday May 16, 2017 is the 10th round of the Giro, a hilly trail in Umbria starting in Foligno. The first cyclist will start at 1:00 pm in Foligno next to the Duomo, and the last cyclist will finish in Montefalco at 5:15 pm, just outside the city walls. Before arriving in Montefalco the cyclists pass by Bevagna, a beautiful medieval village.

During the Giro d’Italia Montefalco is coloured pink wherever you look. Even the wine bottles outside are pink. Pink is the most important colour of the Giro d’Italia. Various activities are being organised, such as wine tasting, performances, DJ’s, and theme dinners in taverns to celebrate the Giro d’Italia. It is a lively atmosphere already before the arrival of the bicycle caravan.

The locals and the region Umbria itself pay a lot of attention to this event. More information about the Giro d’Italia you can get at the local tourist information or download the program from the website.

Federico II is a restaurant and bar in the centre of Montefalco. The owner of the restaurant is Roberta. She told me that Montefalco will be crowded the coming days. Federico II is an ideal place for an appetizer, pizza, pasta or meat dishes. They serve good wines, like the famous Sagrantino wine. I had a wonderful lunch with gnocchi al Sagrantino and a glass of Sagrantino wine 🙂 Outstanding!

Roberta also is the owner of A Montefalco, a residence with apartments and swimming pool. It is at only 10 minutes walking from the historical centre of Montefalco. Roberta and her family own a number of restaurants and bars in Montefalco and in Foligno. This family is a real Umbrian family offering hospitality to their guests and showing them Umbria the way they have always known it.

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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Sagrantino di Montefalco

Last week I was invited to come to Montefalco where the owners of La Vigna, an agriturismo near Saragano in Umbria, were to expose their wines at Enologica. This is a wine tasting event to celebrate the grape harvest and the production of yet again new top wines in the Montefalco area.

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The wines of La Vigna or Il Torrione have become quality wines. They produce white and red wines, the Rosso di Montefalco and of course the Sagrantino di Montefalco. The latter is a typical Umbrian wine, lately getting much more attention internationally.

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Antonio and An were also there themselves and though it was very busy we got to taste some of their top quality wines.

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The grape harvest is also celebrated by the surrounding farmer communities who enter town with their tractors. That is: I imagine that’s how it was, now it felt a bit like carnaval with a wine theme. Groups of often young people, all dressed up behind loud and antique tractors occupied the main square. We enjoyed the festivities with a drink and very typically Italian: towards dinner time everybody went home or to a restaurant and the sweepers immediately started cleaning the main square.

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– Posted by Saskia van der Bolt –