Umbria's Sangrantino Wine Road

Montefalco and Medieval Towns in Umbria

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••• Sagrantino Vineyard near Montefalco, Umbria. Massimo Greco/Moment Open/Getty Images

 

A drive on Umbria's Sagrantino Wine Road is a good addition to a Central Italian itinerary for those traveling by car. Umbria is an ideal place for travelers to combine their love of exploring the Italian countryside with their passion for local food and wine. Known as the green heart of Italy, the Umbrian countryside offers visitors fantastic views and relaxing drives. An easy day trip from Perugia or Todi, the Sagrantino Wine Road is a picturesque mix of medieval towns and local wineries that visitors can explore at their own pace.

A good way to visit the area is with the Archi-Wine Tour: When Architects Meet Winemakers in Umbria, a guided day tour that includes transportation from Perugia or Assisi and includes visits to Montefalco and Castel Ritaldi, two wineries with wine tasting, and lunch.

Sagrantino, a complex varietal that Umbrian wineries are preserving through its traditional production, is one of the top wines produced in Umbria and is found only in this specific region. Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Grechetto are other Central Italian varietals you'll find in this area.

Medieval Towns and Castles on Umbria's Sagrantino Wine Road

These suggested towns and castles are conveniently located off the SS316 road in Montefalco Province making navigation to these locations easy. You can see the location of Montefalco on this Umbria Map.

  • Montefalco, a hill town enclosed by 14th-century walls, is sometimes called the balcony of Umbria because of the spectacular view of the countryside and towns like Spoleto, Trevi, Spello and Assisi. The Saint Francis Museum, housed in a former 14th-century church, has frescoes and art exhibits.
  • Bevagna is a small town with Romanesque churches and remnants of its medieval buildings and walls as well as Roman ruins.
  • Castel Ritaldi is a 13th-century castle with a 14th-century church whose portal dates to the 15th century.
  • Gualdo Cattaneo is a town with several castles to visit including la Rocca, a triangular fortress with elaborate systems of underground passages to explore.

    Arnaldo Caprai Winery

    Arnaldo Caprai, a modern winery that champions the production of local grapes, is one winery that works to protect native varietals. Located in the heart of the Sagrantino DOCG appellation, it makes an ideal stopover between Bevagna and Montefalco. Visitors have the chance to see Arnaldo Caprai's research vineyards, the winery and its barrel aging facilities. An hour-long tour is concluded with a guided tasting of their wines, including Sagrantino, Sangiovese, red blends and Grechetto. Three tours are available: winery tour with bruschetta and the winery's own olive oil, tour with a tasting of local products, or private tour.

    Arnaldo Caprai Winery Visiting Information:

    • Arnaldo Caprai Web Site
    • Hours: open year-round from 9 AM to 7 PM.
    • Location: Località Torre di Montefalco
    • Tours and reservations: The winery usually runs two  morning tours and two afternoon tours daily by reservation.two

    While Arnaldo Caprai's winery is open to the public year-round, it is particularly exciting to visit the estate during Cantine Aperte, a weekend of free tastings and special events at wineries throughout Italy that's held at the end of May. Arnaldo Caprai holds special events and tastings that allow visitors to get a fuller understanding of Caprai's winemaking approach and the role Sagrantino plays in the region's history and culture.