A wonderful itinerary, full of cellars, oil mills and arts. Montefalco takes its name from the passion for falcon hunting of Frederic II who spent an entire year here in 1249.
This is the land of Sagrantino, from the Latin sacer, a sacred wine for the celebrations of Christian tradition that marked the rhythm of rural life. It was originally consumed in the passita style: around the middle of the last century it was made into wine and bottled in the dry style.
Whereas the main component of Rosso di Montefalco is the sangiovese grape, when sipping the Sagrantino PDO wine one experiences a dark wine of wonderful structure with a bold tannin presence. You can taste this great wine and look around: visit the Saint Francis church, now a museum, as well as the Saint Augustine church and the City Hall.
On a walk through the town, among the walls of pink stone and along the paths that descend from the Piazza del Comune, you will be surrounded by the ancient presence of gardens and domesticated vines. Carry on up to the slopes of Mount Martani, a renowned winemaking region since ancient Roman times, where trebbiano, grechetto and sangiovese grapes are now cultivated, and at the top of which Ritaldi Castle is located.
The village oversees a mainly agricultural land of woods, vineyards and olive trees. Among the most important sites are the Romanesque parish church of San Gregorio, the Madonna della Bruna Renaissance sanctuary and the medieval Santa Maria church.
Here as well one can enjoy the Trebbiano Spoletino, produced almost exclusively roughly between Spoleto, Foligno and Montefalco, a fresh and fruity but relatively high alcohol wine of distinct acidity. Descend towards the village of Giano dell’Umbria surrounded by medieval walls that maintain traces of Roman heritage, and renowned for its oil: the Umbria Martani Hills PDO oil. Before enjoying the panorama over the whole vast plain of Monte Martano, visit the abbey of San Felice and the church of Saint Francis.