Montioni | Estate winery and vineyard in the Montefalco region of Umbria, Italy. The estate, which is close to Montefalco town centre, was founded by the family in the 19th-century by current incumbent Paolo Montioni’s grandfather who produced olive oil. When Paolo became involved in the late 1990s he developed the estate vineyards and the winemaking side (making Paolo the third generation here but the first to make wine). He has two sons called Giacomo and Mateo who look set to follow in their father’s footsteps.

Owner | Paolo Montioni.

Vineyards | The vineyards are in three distinct spots, all at 400 metres above sea level, and all around 300 metres south-east of Montefalco town centre (which is at 450 metres) and in the township of Montefalco. The elevation means there is little frost risk. 

Olive oil5,000 olive trees. The estate has its own olive oil mill next to the winery (see above).

Organic certification | 2018 No.

Winery | The winery is next to the vineyards, and has four levels. Paolo describes the complex, which also include an olive oil mill (see below), as like a ‘lunar park’. On the ground is a tasting area and kitchen (12,000 visitors annually).

White wines 

Umbria Bianco IGT, Spoletino 

Red wines

Montefalco Rosso DOC 

Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG | Paolo told me in 2018 that in terms of yield he goes for 4.5 tonnes per hectare (shoot thinning, green harvest). He said he ages his Sagrantino in 225-litre French oak barrels to help soften the tannins in the wine, but is flexible on exactly how much new or older oak is used depending on the vintage.

Accommodation

Paolo told me in 2018 he was planning to add a boutique hotel to the winery on land he bought from his uncle, which is close to the cellar, and is big enough for an opan air swimming pool to be added. This will have views to Assisi, Spello, Bevagna and Perugia.

Contact

Montioni Frantoio e Cantina

Viale della Vittoria, 34

I-06036 Montefalco (PG), Italy