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The “Strada del Sagrantino”

La Strada del Sagrantino   is an itinerary in the heart of Umbria, between Todi and Spoleto and just a few kilometers from Assisi, passing through the production zones of the renowned wine, Sagrantino DOCG (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin).  

Wine food and culture is the theme of this  60 kilometre route that meanders through hills dotted with vineyards and olive groves and where medieval villages, towers and fortresses dominate the landscape. The wine-making tradition in this region is not confined just to the countryside, but is integral to the fabric of life: “La strada del Sagrantino“ reflects this rich heritage.

The official  production zones are found in the entire territories of the municipalities of Montefalco, Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo, Castel Ritaldi and Giano dell’Umbria, all in the Province of Perugia.

It is said that the varietal Sagrantino was originally brought to  Montefalco by the Franciscan monks coming from Asia and was passed down through the years, improving over time with superior cultivation techniques until becoming the jewel in the crown of  winemaking in Umbria. The original Sagrantino was exclusively produced as a sweet wine called Passito, made by drying the grapes on a lattice framework of timber and is  a method that continues today, although  the ‘dry’ version of the wine is more prevalent.

The aim of the Association “La Strada del Sagrantino” is to promote this territory and its agricultural produce both in Italy and throughout the world and one of its strategies has been to bring together the best  accommodation facilities, B&Bs, hotels, farmstays and spa resorts across the region: Montefalco, Bevagna, Gualdo Cattaneo, Giano dell’Umbria and Castel Ritaldi. Also included in the network  are cellars, restaurants,  farms, oil producers and a range of master artisans.

The Strada del Sagrantino takes the traveller on a discovery tour through the green hills of the Perugia region, revealing the best of Umbria: locally produced delicacies, DOC wines (Controlled Designation of Origin), DOCG wines, (Controlled and Guaranteed Designation of Origin), the extra virgin olive oil produced within the five municipalities of the Strada del Sagrantino, precious black truffles, honey, meats and pastries that are still made by traditional artisanal methods. History, art, nature and the culture of food: la Strada del Sagrantino will take you deep  into the authentic Umbria.

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