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“From Montefalco, a hilltop commune south of Perugia in Umbria, some say Sagrantino was brought to the district by the first Franciscan friars while others argue that it was imported from Spain; then again, it might have been introduced by the Saracens. Whatever the ancient truth, Sagrantino yields excellent red wines as well as ‘passito’ – made from dried grapes – which is considered fine meditation wine. Having come close to extinction it is now being rescued by people who really care. Exclusive, ageworthy and rare with dark and spicy characteristics, Sagrantino yields red wines with the highest polyphenolic content of any principal grape variety.

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