The Sagrantino Wine Road of Umbria

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.

Sagrantino, a complex varietal that Umbrian wineries are preserving through 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.

Wineries and Wine Tours

For an organized visit to several wineries, the highly rated Gusto Wine Tours offers guided tours of small, family-run wineries where guests have the chance to meet the winemakers and learn about Sagrantino wines. Plus Gusto does all the driving, so you can sample as much as you like.

If you wish to visit on your own, Arnaldo Caprai, a large-scale modern winery that champions the production of local grapes, 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. The winery offers wine tastings on a walk-in basis, for a fee of €5. Morning and afternoon vineyard and winery tours with wine and olive oil tastings must be booked in advance through their website.

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