'We are one of the historical wineries of Montefalco. Now there are many but the vineyards location is crucial to make great wines particularly when you make a wine like Sagrantino. We use big casks, manual labor and time, no shortcuts.' Mario Napolini
Mario Napolini farm is located in the heart of the wine producing area of Montefalco. An 11th century manuscript discovered in the Abbey of St. Maria in Turrita, records vine growing in this part of Montefalco as early as 1088. The Napolini family has been growing grapes on the sunny hills to the south of Montefalco and producing high quality wines for centuries. The farm, which covers an area of about 66 acres, produces prestigious D.O.C. and D.O.C.G. Montefalco wines: Montefalco Rosso D.O.C., Secco (dry) and Passito (dessert wine) Montefalco Sagrantino D.O.C.G. , and Sagrantino plus Grechetto Grappa. Wine production also includes: Grechetto Colli Martani D.O.C. (from an indigenous Umbrian vine), red, white and rose' wines of Monte IGT, and an excellent D.O.P. extra virgin olive oil. Vineyards face east on clay soils, with 3-4,000 vines per hectare.
All production is respecting natural wine making practices with minimal use of sulfites or copper. When the grapes are perfectly ripened, they are picked by hand and pressed. Vinification and ageing are done respectively by using stainless steel and concrete tanks and French and Slavonian oak casks. The wine rests in bottles for months so that its full potential can be appreciated.
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