Sagrantino is a deeply coloured grape variety that produces one of central Italy’s most tannic red wines. Though Sagrantino’s origins are disputed, the region of Umbria – and in particular the area around the town of Montefalco ‒ has been the variety’s home for centuries.
Sagrantino’s high tannins and affinity for oak mean that it matures particularly well, which is reflected in the stipulation in the local wine law that it must not be released until it has aged for at least 30 months. Fortunately, though, Sagrantino’s tannins are more sweet than austere and modern examples can be quite approachable in their youth. Sagrantino is more heavy bodied than Sangiovese, its traditional blending partner.