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Arnaldo Caprai

Arnaldo Caprai winery estate, Montefalco, ItalyThe pioneer of the Sagrantino grape and the Montefalco appellation of Umbria, this winery is the world’s leader in the production of top quality Sagrantino di Montefalco, a wine produced exclusively from Sagrantino, which is a native grape variety grown in Montefalco for more than four hundred years.

The estate is comprised of 370 acres, 136 of which are currently planted for wine production. The main white grapes grown in the region include Grechetto, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon, while Sagrantino is the leading red variety together with Sangiovese, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Originally, Sagrantino was made using the “passito” method, where the grapes are left to dry on straw mats after harvest so the sugars can become concentrated. The sweetness of the passito wine helped balance Sagrantino’s natural tannins.

Groundbreaking work in viticulture, and labor intensive research conducted by Marco Caprai over the last decade, has led to huge improvements in the quality of Sagrantino made as a dry table wine. By working on clonal selection, new trellising systems, and high density plantings, the Arnaldo Caprai winery is making world-class wine from the Sagrantino grape. Because of this hard work and research, the Arnaldo Caprai winery has received many recognitions and awards over the years including Winery of the Year in 2006 from Gambero Rosso.