The Arnaldo Caprai winery is in Torre di Montefalco inÂ the Perugia (Umbria) region. Arnaldo Caprai, a businessman turned winemaker, bought the estate in 1971 to fulfill his lifelong dream of making his own wine. His original estate included only 5 hectares, but as he saw the enormous potential of the local grape varieties he continued to expand his estate by buying more land. In 1988, Arnaldo’s son Marco began to manage the winery and in the 1990’s the family continued to invest and reach new levels of quality utilizing technological innovation.
In the mid 90’s, with the new Sagrantino di Montefalco Riserva, Caprai received international acclaim and solidified its position as a quality producer of exceptional wines. Caprai’s main focus is their top quality Sagrantino di Montefalco wine, produced exclusively from Sagrantino grapes. This variety has been grown in the Montefalco region for almost half a millenium.
Marco Caprai says that Tradition – Innovation – Territory are the key words that drive the everyday efforts at the winery. While Caprai is firmly rooted in tradition, such as using the native variety of grape, they also focus on innovation and are constantly thriving to improve production methods both in the vineyard and the cellar.
The Sagrantino Grape is used alone to produce Sagrantino di Montefalco DOCG. Blended with other grapes, it produces Rosso di Montefalco DOC. This wine is intense, with blackberry and earthy accents. It should be aged for at least 10-15 years and is also used to make a special dessert wine, called passito by drying the grapes before pressing. Caprai’s wines include reds such as Â Sagrantino di Montefalco 25 Anni DOCG, Sagrantino di Montefalco Passito DOCG, Montefalco Rosso DOC, and whites such as Grecante Grechetto Colli Martani DOC and Anima Umbra Bianco IGT.
Web Site: http://www.arnaldocaprai.it/
Le Baccanti organizes wine tours in all major wine producing regions in Italy including wine tours in Umbria (leaving from Perugia) where we visit the wine region of Montefalco where Sagrantino wine is produced. Learn more about wine tours in Italy with Le Baccanti by visiting our wine tour section of our website.
Whilst Tuscan wines are already very well known around the world, the wines of Umbria have just come to wine lovers attention in the last years, even though the wines in this region, as in the majority of Italian regions, have been made for centuries and are intertwined with its history and its culture.
Umbria, which is located at the heart of Italy, bordering with Tuscany, Lazio and Marche, is characterised by mountains and hills with soil highly suitable for the wine and extra virgin olive oil production.
The most popular wine, which is also the name of its native grape, is“Sagrantino”. It is said that this grape was brought here from the Franciscan monks coming from the Asia Minor in the Medieval period. In the past, the monks used to make a sweet wine, leaving the grape to dry for some months.
Nowadays their is both a dry and sweet version of the Sagrantino wine and it is aged for at least 30 months before being put on sale. The dryMontefalco Sagrantino DOCG has a deep red colour with aromas of black fruit (especially blackberries) and spices, in the mouth it is possible to enjoy it’s powerful body.
The Sagrantino grape is produced in the Montefalco area, where it also makes theÂ Montefalco Rosso DOC, which is made with a blend of Sangiovese and Sagrantino. Another wine from Umbria, which has to be mentioned, is theÂ Torgiano Riserva DOCG, which is made with Sangiovese, Canaiolo and Trebbiano Toscano grapes and aged in wood for at least three years.
While the two beautiful medieval villages of Montefalco and Torgiano (which boasts an interesting Wine Museum) have now become famous as a result of the wines produced in the surrounding countryside, Orvieto has always been a cultural highlight and it’s white wines have always been appreciated as a pleasant wine to drink. Le Baccanti offers wine tours to discover the wines of Umbria, so please enquire if you are interested.
-National Parks and spectacular natural sites, such as its famous waterfalls (Cascate delle Marmore), the Clitunno springs, as well as the forest of Dunarobba with its gigantic sequoia -like tree trunks dating back thousands of years ago, are dramatic places for excursions, walks, photos.
-Umbria offers countless opportunities for outdoor sports! As well as cycling and horse-riding tours, which give you the possibility of fully embracing the natural beauty of Umbria, new extreme sports are possible: jumping from the Canal Bridge in Rosciano, white-water rafting along the Nera river rapids with canoe, and last but not list, free climbing on rocks. However, windsurfing and sailing remain the most popular sports on the Lake Trasimeno.. In addition to this, another popular choice is to play golf at the Golf Club Perugia (just 6Km from the city),www.golfclubperugia.it
-Traditional cuisine, delicious extra virgin olive oil and new wonderful up-and-coming wines, such as the Sagrantino of Montefalco, which has become world famous thanks to Arnaldo Caprai and its wine estate, offer great choice for wine and food lovers.
-From Gubbio to Assisi and Perugia, from Spello to Montefalco and Spoleto, from Todi to Orvietoâ€¦. Umbria is bursting with precious, quiet, charming medieval towns
-The Umbria Jazz Festival is a national famous one, www.umbriajazz.com