About the Wine
Umbria is the only landlocked province in Italy and it is the breadbasket of the country. Umbria produces many beans, grains, fruits, and vegetables. Bring home the taste of Umbria with this wine today!
Castello di Montegiove is one of the oldest castles in Umbria and all of Italy. It sits atop a hill that overlooks the borders of Umbria, Tuscany, and Lazio with sweeping views toward Perugia and Orvieto. Founded in the 13th century, this castle has been operating as a family farm since its inception, and in 1780 it became the property of the Marquises Misciattelli family.
Owner and winemaker Lorenzo Misciattelli is a hands-on passionate winemaker who oversees every aspect from the vineyard to the cellar. Lorenzo grew up in Denmark but was raised with extreme love and a sense of belonging to his motherland. In 2002, he decided to move back to Montegiove with his wife Rikke and develop the family’s property. Today, he has managed to position it among the most awarded estates in all of Italy.
Winemaking in the town of Montegiove is not new; the first records of wine in this place, date back more than 700 years. Castello di Montegiove’s vinification area, barrel, and bottling cellar were built prior to the 15th century.
Guided by a philosophy that combines modern winemaking with tradition and culture, Lorenzo and his team thrive to create these wines of bottled history, with maximum quality, and meticulous attention to every detail.
The winery is made up of about 3000 acres, where vines, oak forests, and olive trees bloom in perfect terroir conditions. The 5-acre vineyard is planted with native grapes like Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Sagrantino, Canaiolo, Barbera, and other international ones like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It's a paradise where free-range cattle craze amidst a wide array of flora and fauna.
Although the vineyards are located in the Orvieto appellation, -known since the Roman era as the best place to make outstanding white wines- they share more similarities to Siena, its Tuscan neighbor, with soils that are much richer in clay and limestone, the perfect terroir for red wines of superb structure and complexity.
The classification Orvietano Rosso DOC is merely due to an administrative location as Montegiove is geologically situated on the “Tuscan nappe.” This translates into amazing quality “Tuscan-esque” wines with a price tag that’s not very Tuscany.
Aging: 9 months in stainless steel and in older 10 hl Slavonian oak casks followed by 18 months in cement vat
Tasting Notes: 66% Sangiovese, 34% Canaiolo Nero. This beautiful blend is brilliant ruby red with purple hues. It reveals a fresh and fruity character with notes of cherries, blueberries, and strawberries, and a subtle note of spices. This is the perfect value wine. If you're looking for an amazing Italian to pair with your pizzas, pasta, or any other Italian comfort food, at a great price, this is your go-to.
~90 Luca Maroni, I Migliori Vini Italiani, Guide to Italy's Best Wines