One hundred seventy-five hectares (430 acres) in a single estate, which was bought by Antonelli family in 1881, making it one of the historical wineries of the Montefalco DOCG area. In 2009 the conversion to organic farming has been completed for all our products.
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 vines and olive trees. Ten hectares (24 acres) are dedicated to olive groves, while slightly more than 50 (123 acres) are covered by vineyards; these crops are located on the hilltops, with southern and western exposure. We cultivate native varietals: Grechetto and Trebbiano Spoletino for the whites, while the red varietals are mainly Sangiovese and Sagrantino.
At the heart of the property, just below the original manor house, is the Winery; the cellars are completely underground and designed for gravity vinification, with the pressed grapes falling down into the fermentation tanks and the pomace discarded without pumps, simply using the force of gravity. Only grapes cultivated by the winery using organic agricultural methods are used, thereby offering a product in which each phase of the process has evaluated characteristics, merits and potential, with the additional guarantee of organic certification, both of the grapes and the wines.
Antonelli San Marco also offers wine-tourism hospitality in the antique farmhouse called Casale Satriano, which has been carefully restored and tastefully decorated: independent apartments with a swimming pool, surrounded by vineyards and a breathtaking landscape, just a short drive from the most beautiful Medieval villages of Umbria…
Finally, the cooking school, Cucina in Cantina, offers courses on Umbrian cuisine, lunches and dinners by appointment for groups, wine tastings and guided tours of the historical winery.
In 2009 we’ve decided to adopt the organic farming and vinification processes for vineyards and wines, while we’ve been using the same approach for extra virgin olive oil for many years. The conversion process took three years, as requested by the regulation, so we’ve gained the organic certification since 2012 vintage, for all our wines.
It’s a choice made for a benefit on a long term scenario, where the refuse of using any chemical fertilizer, herbicide or systemic pesticide in favor of a much more conscious set of preventive actions, should help the vineyards and their surroundings to find a natural balance able to improve a self-defense against external agents. The organic adaptation our vines are going through is a long process we have to aid with targeted and prompt actions, as a crucial part of our qualitative research.
ANTONELLI SAN MARCO
Località San Marco, 60
06036 MONTEFALCO (Perugia), Italia