So many people have heard of the famous Tuscan wines and super-reds like Chianti Classico DOC, Tignanello and Sassicaia but not so many know of the wonderful Umbrian wines that rival these in quality and taste. A day trip down to the Vale of Umbra (about 45 minutes drive from Villa Bastiola) is worth doing, not only for the beautiful countryside but to see some of the independent “cantinas” that are producing fantastic wines.
Visit the lovely, family run cantina of Antonelli (photos above) and the wonderfully named Scacciadiavoli (“squash the devil”) followed by Lungarotti and finally Arnaldo Caprai and enjoy tasting the variety of different whites and reds that are produced in this region.
The Vale of Umbra has a microclimate producing perfect conditions for growing grapes on the gentle slopes.
The largest cantina in the area is Arnaldo Caprai producing a delicious Grechetto and the now world famous wine Sagrantino di Montefalco. Don’t miss tasting a Passito wine – a rich, red dessert wine, perfect with cheese as well. The photo above on the left shows racks of grapes drying out, prior to being made into passito Sagrantino.
Stay at Villa Bastiola and enjoy a day trip to the Vale of Umbra to taste these wines for yourself! Make sure there is room in the suitcase for a bottle or two!