CASTELLO DEL MONTE
About CASTELLO DEL MONTE:
The Castello del Monte winery was founded 70 years ago in 1958. Their vineyards are perched on a hillside in Todi, Umbria, overlooking the East bank of the Tiber River, 25 miles South of Perugia.
Winemaking has a long history in Umbria, beginning with Benedictine monks in the 7th century. Castello del Monte is proud of their Umbrian heritage. In collaboration with the University of Milan, they have done groundbreaking research into their local grapes in an effort to identify, preserve and elevate native varietals.
The Umbrian climate is similar to that of neighboring Tuscany, with cold, rainy winters and dry, sunny summers, ideal for the cultivation of vines. Soils are a mix of calcareous clay and sandy. The Castello del Monte vineyards are dry-farmed and the Sangiovese grapes (from the Latin ‘Sanguis Jovis,’ the ‘Blood of Jupiter’) are hand harvested.
Once in the winery, the grapes undergo a 12 day, temperature controlled maceration. The wine is aged 8-10 months in Slovenian Durmas oak barrels before a 6 month in-bottle aging. The resulting wine is a ruby red color with rich aromas of currants and blackberries. The palate is vivacious with a burst of red berries and the soft, rounded tannins characteristic of Sangiovese.