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Est! Est !! Est !!! di Montefiascone

DOC area for white wine in the Italian region Lazio, The zone's vineyards cover over 400 hectares of vineyards, spanning the seven municipalities of Bolsena, Capodimonte, Gradoli, Grotte di Castro, Marta, Montefiascone and San Lorenzo Nuovo in the province of Viterbo. The historic Classico area includes parts of the municipalities of Montefiascone and Bolsena. If the grapes come from classified vineyards, can Vigna followed by the location name on label can be specified.

The unusual name is based on a legend. The Augsburg Bishop Johannes Fugger or Italian Joannes de Fuk (a connection to the famous merchant family is uncertain) was in the entourage of Emperor Heinrich V (1186-1125) in 1111. A minister's servant tested the quarters and wines of the area for his lord by moving one day ahead of the pack from town to town or from inn to inn. He rated the local wines with chalk on the front door. With an “Est!” - analogously “It is (here)!” - the good ones and with a double “Est! Est !! ”marked the particularly good ones. In an inn in Montefiascone, he was so enthusiastic about the wine that he did it with a triple “Est! Est !! Est !!! ”documented. The bishop supposedly drank to death on the wine. On his tombstone it says: EST! EST !! EST !!! PPROPTER NIMIUM EST EST HIC JOANNES DE FUK DOMINUS MEUS MORTUS EST. He is buried in the church of San Flaviano in Montefiascone. In his honor, the "Fiera del Vino" wine festival is celebrated annually in August, accompanied by a bottle of Est! Est !! Est !!! poured onto his grave.

Est! Est !! Est !!! di Montefiascone - label and grave plate by Johannes Fugger

At the time, wine was said to be made from one Muscatel places pressed and is said to have been very sweet. Today's white wine is made Procanico, a small berry variety of Trebbiano Toscano (50-65%), Rossetto (25-40%), Malvasia Bianca Lunga and or Malvasia del Lazio (10-20%), as well as other approved non-aromatic varieties (max. 15%) blended and expanded in the flavors secco, abboccato and amabile. It is also called Spumante produced exclusively in secco. Wine is also considered a tourist attraction in one Pulcinella bottle offered. The DOC white wine is similar in the blend of grape varieties Orvieto,

Left picture: The Wine Raconteur
Right: By Ulrich Mayring , CC BY-SA 3.0 , link

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