Sagrantino is Umbria’s great grape, and the foundation of its most prestigious DOCG, Montefalco Sagrantino. However, while it is emblematic of the region, it actually occupies only a fraction of the land under vine, not even featuring in the top three most planted varieties. And given that over 90% of Italy’s Sagrantino is planted in Umbria, the grape is far from heavily represented.
What it does have, however, is a reputation for producing wines of great substance and significant longevity. It is perhaps Sagrantino’s structural power and the time it takes for the wines to soften that is both the grape’s great asset and it’s greatest barrier to broad popularity. But there is no doubting that it produces some of Italy’s most complex and profound wines.