Antonelli | Montefalco
The history of the Antonelli Estate can be traced back to medieval times and actually belonged to the Bishop of Spoleto for 600 years. It was purchased in the late 19th century by Francesco Antonelli, a lawyer from Spoleto, who began a radical transformation and modernisation of the vineyards and approach to farming. The Antonelli estate eventually started bottling and marketing its own wines in 1979 and today, with a great history behind them, the Antonelli’s are still passionately committed to caring for their territory and preserving their heritage for future generations.
The entire Antonelli Estate now covers 430 acres at the heart the Montefalco DOCG area with 123 acres given over to vineyards which are planted primarily to Grechetto and Trebbiano Spoletino for white wine production and Sangiovese and Sagrantino for red wines. The plots, clayey and rich in limestone, have various geological origins: some are deep, while others are rocky, thereby providing intense and varied nuances to the wines. The hills are pristine, surrounded by wooded areas and have an ideal microclimate for growing vines.
Antonelli's winery is located just below the Manor House with the cellars located completely underground and designed for gravity vinification. The pressed grapes fall down into the fermentation tanks and the pomace discarded without pumps, simply using the force of gravity. Since 2012 all of Antonelli's wines have been certified organic.