La Strada del Sagrantino is the advised route for discovering the Sagrantino wine of Umbria.
It is possible to tour the zone of Montefalco and Bevagna tasting the Sagrantino and Rosso di Montefalco wines on the way, as well as purchasing fine olive oil directly from the producers.
It sits in the centre of Umbria, an equal distance south of Perugia and north of Terni.
The towns and comune of reference are, in a clockwise direction, Bevagna, Montefalco, Castel Ritaldi, Giano dell'Umbria and Gualdo Cattaneo.
see also Cantico Wine Route in Umbria
The Sagrantino vine is one of the oldest in Umbria. So old in fact that records don't reveal too away.
Some believe it was brought from Spain by the Franciscan monks, others that it arrived from Asia Minor.
Montefalco is the home of Sagrantino and is known as the 'ringhiera dell'Umbria' or 'balcony of Umbria' for its panoramic position.
The town is equally celebrated for the series of frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli.
There are 3 wines to discover: Montefalco Sagrantino Docg, also known as Sagrantino di Montefalco Docg, Montelfalco Rosso doc and Colli Martani Grechetto doc.
For a wine growing territory with no coastal borders, the Colli Martani Grechetto doc is a great accompaniment with shellfish, seafood pastas and sea fish roasted in Umbria's fine extra virgin olive oil.
There are 17 wine cellars recommended for a visit in and around Montefalco with Arnaldo Caprai the most important.