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The red grape variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Sagrantino Rosso and Sagrantino di Montefalco. According to a no longer verifiable hypothesis, the variety was made by Byzantine monks in the Middle Ages Greece or by Franciscans from Asia Minor Umbria introduced. The name, which may be derived from “sacro” (holy), is also intended to indicate this. According to an undetectable hypothesis, it is said to be a descendant of Pliny the Elder (23-79) mentioned ancient grape Be "Itriola". The late-ripening vine is prone to the wrong people mildew, It produces dark ruby red, tannin-rich red wines with aromas of cherries and mulberries, as well as aging potential with suitability for Barrique,

Sagrantino - grape and leaf

The variety is now mainly in the region Umbria (Montefalco) grown. In the 1960s, it was almost extinct, but was used by some producers, especially Arnaldo Caprai reactivated. This winery, together with the University of Milan, carried out a project in the late 1980s in which the potential of the grape variety was to be exploited. The clone Collepiano, named after a vineyard, was recognized and selected as particularly rich in sugar and acid. Sagrantino will be happy for sweet Passito, but also for dry wines as a blending partner of Sangiovese, but also used sorted.

The Sagrantino variety is in DOC wine Montefalco and as the defining variety in DOCG wine Montefalco Sagrantino authorized. In 2010 were in Italy A total of 995 hectares of vineyards are shown with a rapidly increasing trend; ten years earlier it had been 351 hectares (Kym Anderson ). It is said that it is also sold overseas in smaller quantities California and Australia (Victoria) grown.

Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : MIPAAF - National Vine Certification Service

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