Updated: Apr 25
Just beyond the touristy trails of Tuscany, is the peaceful and picturesque Province of Perugia.
The region is renowned for the production of pecorino cheese, olive oil, beloved Baci chocolate kisses made iconic by Frank Sinatra and the vineyards of Goretti, whose family estate is perfectly placed between Lake Trasimeno and Assisi.
For five generations the family of Goretti have been refining their wines and 52 acres of land, which consists of rolling vineyards, a 14th century tower resembling a castle and a helipad for those wanting to fly in from Florence or Rome for a day of leisurely luxury.
At Goretti, the wine tasting is accompanied by authentic Umbrian food pairings and recipes recommended by none other than the visionary matron Nonna Marcella, the 84 year old sprightly grandmother of Guila and Sara Goretti. Intrigued, I inquired as to what kind of cuisine she mostly enjoys.
“At our table we eat mostly local Italian food such as chicken all’Arrabbiata, Tagliatelle, flatbread Torta al Testo, Salami and Cheese Focaccia and lots of freshwater fish, as we are so close to the lake."
As wine making specialists, also known as enologists, Sara Goretti and Emiliano Falsini have added greater depth and dimension to the wines, increasing international recognition for Goretti year by year. A recent review by Wine Enthusiast Magazine noted Goretti’s 2016 Montefalco Rosso as being, “Dense and ripe, this Sangiovese-dominant wine has aromas of black-skinned berry, underbrush and a whiff of baking spices.”
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Goretti "La Mura Saracene" Montefalco Rosso DOCG 2017, Umbria
The Montefalco Rosso is a beautiful expression of Sangiovese, Merlot and Sagrantinto. It gives beautiful and heady aromas of red fruit, licorice, vanilla and cocoa. The flavors are intense and layered with currants, raspberries, tobacco and coffee. The wine has generous tannins and long, lush finish.
Pair it alongside pasta dishes with intense tomato sauce, roasted and grilled meats, spicy chicken, beef, lamb, game or cheeses.
Grape Varieties: 65% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot, 20% Sagrantino |