I’m pretty sure that the only thing better than a wine tasting in Umbria is a wine tasting picnic in a scenic vineyard with plenty of local food products to boot. A picnic in vigna is a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon in good company and also provides a unique opportunity to experience Italy’s longstanding enological heritage firsthand. How often do you get to enjoy a glass of wine alongside the grapes that are in your bottle?
The more I meet Italy’s winemakers, walk through their vineyards and explore their cellars, the more I gain an appreciation for what’s in my glass. Years of hard work, research and experimentation have gone in to tending the vines to create a product that brings so much pleasure and joy to our palates. Needless to say, a wine tasting picnic was been on my bucket list for years so I was excited to hear that Moretti Omero offered the experience along Montefalco’s beautiful Sagrantino wine trail.
An Organic Winery
Moretti Omero is an organic family-owned winery and farm that produces red and white wines, extra virgin olive oil and Grappa in the heart of Umbria. The estate has been certified organic since 1992, only the second winery in Umbria to do so, and is a pioneer in a number of ways. In addition to producing the region’s famous Montefalco wines, it also produces two rare wines: a Metodo Classico made with the native Spoletino grape and a sweet Passito made with the native Sagrantino grape.
Giusy Moretti, Omero’s entrepreneurial winemaking daughter, came up with the idea to develop a Metodo Classico wine when she realized the climactic and soil conditions were suitable to produce a well-balanced wine with bubbles. “Umbria has never produced a sparkling wine so I had to study with French enologists to develop this new style. I always loved champagne so it’s been extremely satisfying to make a quality Metodo Classico wine with Spoletino, a native grape that my grandfather used to produce still wines decades ago.”
The winery also makes a dessert wine, the Sagrantino Passito, a sweet ruby red nectar full of dark berry flavors and bold tannins. Historically, Sagrantino grapes were always used to produce dessert wines but this trend has been phased out in favor of hearty still red wines so it’s hard to find in the region. Be sure to taste it with twice-baked tozzetti biscuits for a sweet end to a meal.
Wine Tasting Picnic
We arrived at the estate on a sunny day in late May and were warmly greeted by Giusy and her mother before being introduced to the estate and tasting organic olive oils produced at the farm. After our aperitif, we made our way down to Moretti Omero’s Vignalunga, the estate’s most beautiful vineyard that overlooks the hilltop village of Montefalco. Umbria is often referred to as the Green Heart of Italy and the countryside is indeed lush and verdant, with gently rolling hills and delightfully manicured towns in the distance. Giusy’s mom sent us off with baskets filled with seasonal foods, including fava beans and pecorino, porchetta, prosciutto and salamis, Umbrian lentils, fresh bread, and the most mouthwatering pan-fried zucchini frittata.
The picnic baskets also included four of Moretti Omero’s wines, including a bottle of sparkling Metodo Classico, Montefalco Rosso DOC, Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG “Vignalunga” and the Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG passito. Sagrantino is one of Italy’s most tannic red wines and is rich in polyphenols (antioxidants) – the wine is purported to have similar health benefits to pure cocoa and complements the region’s hearty country cuisine. You can pair it with truffles, wild boar, lamb or aged cheeses to bring out the best flavors.
Moretti Omero Winery
Frazione San Sabino, 19, 06030 Giano Dell’Umbria, Perugia
Open: Monday-Friday from 11:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 7:30pm.
Picnics are €38 per person (minimum four people) and reservations should be made via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
+39 0742 90426