A Family Vineyard in the hills of Rome

By Melba Allen
After a couple of very long days of wine tastings in Italy, I’ve forgotten just how intense wine tasting professionally could be! Thank goodness I get to meet some really nice people which this helps me to keep everything in perspective.
So, one of those persons I’ve met a bubbly, young and energetic brunette named Sara Goretti. With her contagious enthusiasm, Sara very proudly and coaxed me into a tasting of her family wines. She explained

her family history in winemaking and how the family is quite involved in the success of the family business. Their motto ‘Wine is Tradition, Wine is Passion’ is a motto that they live and breathe everyday. The Goretti Family vineyards are situated in the outskirts of Perugia, not far from Rome and Florence in the central part of Italy in Umbria. Umbria has great historical significance to central Italy because of its Etruscan and Roman influences.  The vineyards extend over hilly Roman region dominated by a fourteenth century tower, which is also the emblem on the Goretti wine labels and is the winery’s hospitality centre. The property, located in the centre of an area classified as a “D.O.C. Colli Perugini”, but they also own the DOCG of Le Mura Sarcene in Montefalco.
The cellars are handed down for 4 generations making typical Umbria wines using modern techniques. The patriarchs of the family, Sara’s father and uncle, Stefano and Gianluca Goretti, are very much committed to new research and selection using not only typical grapes from Umbria (Grechetto, Trebbiano Sangiovese), but also the introduction of grapes, such as Chardonnay which isn’t at the moment widely used in Umbria. Their aim is to raise the classification of Umbrian wine to a higher level of quality in the domestic and International arena.
I got to taste all of their wines, and was pretty happy to do so. One of them that I noted, was a light and fruity white Grechetto grape native to the area which is a DOC, Colli Perugini. It had a delicate exotic fruity and floral aroma that lingers on the palate.
Their best wine selection is the “Il Sagrantino di Montefalco” DOCG, a special red wine of Montefalco area, it’s 100% Sagrantino grapes. The Montefalco had a rich ruby color with lots of intense aromas of blackberries and violets. It had a full-bodied mouth feel that was luscious with soft structure tannins and a nice long aromatic finish.
Today the Goretti family not only make wines, they have also expanded their range to other traditional products such as honey, olive oil,  brandy and balsamic dressing. They even have a line of wonderful Wine Therapy products for the body.
While visiting Rome or the surrounding area, the Goretti family welcomes all wine-lovers with guided visits through the vineyards and the cellar. In their 13th century tower, they offer wine tastings where the wines are carefully paired with foods and other products produced locally.
Here are a few awards their wines have won:
90 points   Wine Spectator    for Sagrantino di Montefalco 2003
92 points   Wine Enthusiast   for Sagrantino di Montefalco 2003
91 points   Wine Enthusiast   for L’Arringatore 2003
“L’Arringatore”, the Bronze Medal in the Decanter Magazine
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