Il Sagrantino di Montefalco

The first official document mentioning Sagrantino as a grape dates back to the Sixteenth Century, and this is mentioned in old documents located in notarial Assisi archive. According to some testimonies, grapes were cultivated by the Franciscan monks to obtained a wine for religious purposes, hence the name Sagrantino from Latin root "sacer“, sacred. Since the Fourteenth Century municipal local laws were emitted to protect wine and vines. During the Seventeenth Century were recorded severe sanctions for those who attempted to uproot the Sagrantino vineyards,: the maximum penalty could even be the gallows. At the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, the area around Montefalco town is elevated as one of the best wine production area of the Papal State. In the following decades Sagrantino grape almost disappeared until its full recovery in the Sixties.