Perticaia

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Montefalco, Umbria

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Guido Guardigli knows about wine. He is a veteran agronomist, having worked as a consultant for many wineries throughout Italy. In 2000, after his retirement, Guardigli bought an estate of his own. Perticaia is located in Casale, not far from Montefalco. You won’t find the word ‘perticaia’ in any Italian dictionary, because it’s a local Umbrian dialect word for a plough (‘aratro’ in Italian).

Guido works with Alessandro Meniconi, a native son and an energetic young winemaker.   read more

The vineyards total some 16 hectares of well drained, lean soils. One hectare is planted with Trebbiano Spoletino; Half of the rest is planted with Sagrantino for Sagrantino di Montefalco. The other half is dedicated to Rosso di Montefalco, planted with 60% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot and Colorino, and 15% Sagrantino. As the name indicates, Colorino provides for colour (and elegance).

Density is 5.500 plants per hectare and the yield is 1.2 kg per vine, a better indicator than the yield per hectare. Moreover, Guardigli is very much aware of the importance of canopy management, carefully maintaining the optimal ratio between leaf surface and fruit. Guido’s Sagrantino gets 12 months of wood, between barriques and tonneaux. His Rosso benefits from a touch of tonneaux only. The 2003 vintage was the first one that was vinified in Guardigli’s own, brand new cantina at Casale.

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