In the valley of Spoleto, on the western side of the valley is the city of Montefalco and a very special cultural treasure called the Sagrantino Road. This is a way of identifying the beautiful countryside where the sagrantino grape is grown. This grape is native to Umbria, and has been used to produce a very particular umbrian wine since the roman era. There are a number of different itineraries that can be created for a group visiting the valley. The most popular is a visit to the oldest and best known winery, Antonelli. This visit includes a detailed tour of the property and winery, understanding the process and history at every step. Also Antonelli is know for being an advocate of the slow food culture in umbria, and it is possible to arrange a wine tasting lunch, with zero kilometer foods, beautifully presented and paired with the variety of wines produced on the property.
There are many other wineries and tours where wine tastings can be arranged. A tour including several wineries is a commitment of more time, but well worth it for any group interested in fine italian wine, local products and culture.
Towns of the sagrantino grapes are: Montefalco, Bevagna, Giano dell’Umbria, Castel Ritaldi and Gualdo Cattaneo. Planning an excursion oriented around wine tasting and wineries needs to be created specifically for your group, from one midday excursion to all day trip. Also wine tastings and visits can be teamed with cooking classes, and food education featuring the incredible selections of wine produced in the valley. Additionally, these small towns in the valley are famous for beautiful linens woven locally and cashmere production.