Wine tasting in a castle in Umbria. Who would not want that! And also very close to Polmone Turismo Verde that overlooks Montegiove where the castle is the center of. Coincidentally, I came across the blog of Ed Huijzer, wine critic wine covers, in which he tells in a very infectious way about his visit to the castle and his introduction to the beautiful wines of the castle of Montegiove. Because I really can't describe it better than he, I asked him to be a guest blogger for the Gazzetta of Polmone.
Enjoy his report of wine tasting in a castle in Umbria and perhaps you will once again have the opportunity to come and enjoy the wines that he describes so tastefully.
The Castello di Montegiove
The Castello di Montegiove is a particularly beautiful castle in Italian Umbria where wonderful wines come from.
The current marquis, Lorenzo Peter Misciatelli Mocenigo Soranzo and his husband Rikke, presented us with a wonderful tour of the castle followed by a tasting of different wines.
The history of the castle
First something about the beautiful castle. Castello di Montegiove is located on one of the many wooded hills of Umbria and dates from the 13th century. It lies at 627 meters above sea level, on the border between the old city states of Orvieto and Perugia. It is considered one of the best preserved buildings in Umbria. And that can also be seen, because the complex makes a flawless impression.
Since 1780 Castello di Montegiove has been the property of the Marquis Misciatelli. Various restorations have taken place over time, since the end of the 19th century.
Olive trees, chianina cattle, truffles and viticulture
The estate now covers an area of almost 1,200 hectares. It is an impressive sight to view that estate from the castle (see photo above). All that land is used for a small part for viticulture. In addition, the country has other destinations. This is how old olive trees grow whose olives are processed by Castello di Montegiove for the production of high-quality olive oil.
Chianina cattle walk around the estate, giving excellent meat (we tasted it). Black truffles can also be found on the estate. These truffles find their way to excellent restaurants, which they use in their dishes. Wild boar and deer are found in the vast forests. The wild boar are fond of truffles, and that is a big problem, because they eat it.
Back to the wines. The area of the vineyards are approximately 13 hectares. They deliberately chose not to set up a large-scale wine company. Most of the vineyards have been replanted in the last decades to improve quality. The planted grape varieties are Sangiovese (different clones, not just the classical ones), Sagrantino (an indigenous "Umbria grape", which produces wines that go perfectly with the untouched, rough and rugged landscape), Montepulciano (locally known as Morellone), Canaiolo Nero, Barbera, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They have a local project running on the estate with old grape varieties that they have found. Varieties that people want to restore. This also includes a few varieties whose origins have not been known to date.
The wine production
The average wine production per harvest year is around 50,000 bottles. 75 percent of this is destined for export, the remaining 25 percent is for the Italian market. There is a lot of manual work involved in the production process, which makes it labor intensive.
Everything is focused on making high-quality wines.
The vineyards are located in the DOC Orvieto, which is known for the production of white wine. However, the vast majority that Tenuta di Montegiove produces are red. During our visit there was a "Bianco" from 2018 in the assortment, with the designation of origin DOC Orvieto Classico. For the red wines, depending on the grape varieties used, the DOC Orvietano Rosso or IGT Umbria Rosso is used.
The soil type shows great similarities with nearby South Tuscany and contains a lot of clay and slate.
The winery was restructured in 2008 and equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. Barriers and tonneaux of high-quality Slavonian and French oak are used for the maturation of wood.
After the tour there was an opportunity to taste some wines.
In the tasting room of Castello di Montegiove I have made some notes of my "speed date" experience of some of the wines presented:
From a blend of Sangiovese, Canaiolo Nero and Sagrantino grapes. A rosé with a full color, made according to the saignée method. Nice taste palette of lots of fruitiness and spiciness. Excellent in balance and the wine invites for another glass.
Made from the Montepulciano (70 percent) and Sagrantino (30 percent) grapes. Wood aging 18 months in French oak barriques and Slavonian oak barrels. Then 18 months bottle aging. Dark in color. Wow! Intense, colossal wine that is rich in tannin. Still needs some bottle aging. According to Lorenzo, the 2011 is a bit softer. That bottle is now at home and I will report to you!
& #8220; T & #8221; 2011
Made from the Sagrantino grape, the "embodiment" of Umbria. Wood aging 24 months, in new French oak Sessile barriques and tonneaux. Then 24 months bottle aging. A great wine, round with ripe dark fruit. Lots of length and elegance, great wine that can compete with "Super-Tuscans".
Tasted and described again
And recently I have tasted the following wines extensively in my own "tasting room" and provided with a note:
DOC Orvieto Rosso, made from 40 percent Sangiovese, 30 percent Merlot and 30 percent Montepulciano. A deep garnet red color. In the edge I see something development; it runs away brown-red. A lush, open nose, fine oak, slightly tobacco, salmiak / salty, graphite and leather. Nice fruit of black currants. Slightly rough on the tongue, but not disturbing. Black pepper, coffee, mocca and caramel. Herbs, toasted and dark fruit from berries and blackberries. Full, round and firm. Beautifully interwoven and dosed oak tones. Warm and spicy in the aftertaste. Fantastic wine: balance, strength and layering, it's all in it! Score: 16.8 points.
A white wine that is purchased to offer a total range. Made for the most part from the Procanico and Grechetto grapes and supplemented with Verdello, Drupeggio and Malvasia. DOC Orvieto Classico. Sparkling clear and golden yellow in color. Fairly deep and slightly yellow in the edge. The nose is frivolous and opens well: pear and tropical fruit of melon and mango. Some honey and some floral (fresh flowers). Round and some filming in the mouth with fine, fresh acids in the background. Walnuts, raisins and a white pepper. Soft ripe fruit. Slim and juicy with a nice body. Young, sparkling and balanced white wine. Full and aromatic. A nice glass! Score: 14.4 points.
Extensive reviews of other wines / vintages (Mi.Mo.So, “T” and Elicius) from Tenuta di Montegiove appear in the course of time on the site of wijnekken.nl.
For more information about the castle, the wines and possibilities, look at: www.castellomontegiove.com
Come and taste wine in this special castle in Umbria
Do you also want to taste wine in a castle in Umbria? And just as I became enthusiastic about this tasty description of the wines from Montegiove? From Polmone Turismo Verde you can be there in half an hour and the Marquis and his family are happy to show you the castle and afterwards you can get to know their wonderful wines.
You will also find it at the foot of Montegiove & #8216; La Scarzuola & #8217; a special dream place that you can read more about here.
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