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The red variety comes from Italy, Synonyms are Sagrantino Rosso and Sagrantino di Montefalco. After a no longer verifiable hypothesis, the variety was in the Middle Ages by Byzantine monks Greece or by Franciscans from Asia Minor Umbria introduced. This should also indicate the name, possibly derived from "sacro" (holy). After a likewise undetectable hypothesis, she is a descendant of Pliny the Elder (23-79) ancient grape variety Be "Itriola". The late-ripening vine is prone to fake 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 of 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 should be exploited. The clone Collepiano, named after a vineyard, was recognized and selected as being particularly sugar and acidic. Sagrantino likes to be sweet Passito, but also for dry wines as a blending partner of Sangiovese, but also sorted used.

The variety Sagrantino is in DOC wine Montefalco and as the dominant variety in the DOCG wine Montefalco Sagrantino authorized. In 2010 were in Italy a total of 995 hectares of vineyards showing a strong upward trend; Ten years earlier, it had been 351 hectares (Kym Anderson ). In smaller quantities, it is also supposed to be in overseas California and Australia (Victoria) grown.

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

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