Wines (and some other drinks) of Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 7: Sulmona — Folgino

Giro_2016_00-07Stage 7 is long, 211 km, and wavy. If the sprinters hang on to the finish, it may be another day for them. Those who are competing for pink, will not care too much about a stage win.


We stay up in the Apennines. We start in Abruzzo, cross a part of Lazio and end in Umbria. For Abruzzo, there is nothing to add to what we covered yesterday. The part of Lazio that we will be crossing, is not where we find the best wines from Lazio. We then enter Umbria.

We enter Umbria in Colli Amerini DOC (almost). Six different wines are produced in this DOC. The most interesting is a Rosso (red) made from Sangiovese. The cooperativ Cantina dei Colli Amerini dominates the prodcuction.

On the way to the finish, the stage goes a few kilometers to the east of what is Umbria’s mot well known and interesting wine district: Montefalco, where we find Montefalco DOC and Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG.

Under the Montefalco DOC label, we find a rosso and a bianco (white). The red Montefalco is mainly made from Sangiovese. The white is mainly made from Grechetto.

Sagrantino is a red/blue/black grape that is native to Montefalco. It is a small grape with thick skin, giving a lot of colour, acid, tannins and sugar. It is a difficult grape to grow.

Montefalco Sagrantino is made as a dry red, and as a sweet passito. They can have some of the same carachter as Amarone and Recioto della Valpolicella.

I think the wine of today should be a Montefalcone Sagrantino.

Italian Wines 2016

1890142174Italian Wines is published yearly by Gambero Rosso. This is a detailed guide to Italian Wines. 22 000 wines from 2 400 producers are listed in the book. If you want to fine the best wines from the various regions of Italy, this is your guide. This is a type of book I usually use when I am visiting producers, to find the producers to visit.

The book is available in a paper edition and a Kindle edition. One year, I bought the Kindle edition. But for this kind of book, I prefer the paper version. It is available from Amazon UK on paper and for Kindle. And from Amazon US in paperback and as Kindle edition.

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