Umbrian winemakers seek to revive sagrantino grape

Sagrantino grapes are making a comeback in the Italian region of Umbria, where winemakers are reviving the indigenous grape for use in dry red wines. More than 2,400 acres of vines are now being cultivated by a variety of new and existing wineries in the Montefalco area, such as Tenuta Castelbuono and Tenuta Bellafonte, to produce sagrantino wines that feature strong tannins and high alcohol levels, often 14% ABV or more. Monks in the Middle Ages grew sagrantino grapes for the production of sacramental wines, but the wines were largely written off in the mid 20th century for their tannic structure.

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