About the Winery
The Fongoli estate is located in the heart of the Umbrian wine country, amid the rolling hills of Montefalco, the home of the Montefalco Sagrantino D.O.C.G. and Montefalco Rosso D.O.C. The Fongoli family has dedicated over 80 years to winemaking in Montefalco, beginning with the purchase and renovation of the San Marco estate in 1927 by Decio Fongoli Calvani. Since then, grape cultivation and winemaking have become a passion, passed down through three generations to the vineyard’s current owners, the brother/sister team of Angelo and Simona Fongoli. The idyllic Fongoli estate comprises 40 hectares of land with olive groves, oak trees and 26 hectares of vineyards. At the center of the property, the family home, a traditional Umbrian farmhouse, stands adjacent to a newly renovated cellar filled with large Slovenian-oak barrels. Next to the barrels, vistors can taste the family’s wine and see historic winemaking equipment and bottles of the earliest Fongoli vintages. Between this farmhouse/cellar and the vineyards, stands the modern fermentation and bottling facility where the family produces their wine every year.
The Fongoli Montefalco Sagrantino D.O.C.G., Montefalco Rosso Riserva D.O.C. and Montefalco Rosso D.O.C. are all estate-produced and -bottled in accordance with the traditional winemaking methods of Montefalco that Decio Fongoli Calvani employed almost a century ago. The wines are all hand harvested and aged in large Slovenian oak barrels ranging in size from 5 to 40HL and age from 5 to 40 years. Sagrantino, a rare varietal grown only in this area, is one of Italy’s most intriguing yet lesser-known noble varietals, and this traditional-style version is sure to offer a special experience. All the Fongoli reds are perfectly suited to hearty pasta dishes, red meat, wild game, stews, and aged cheeses. Fongoli wines are produced with respect and attention to environmental sustainability. The family also produces their own extra virgin olive oil and operates a 4-bedroom agriturismo-style bed and breakfast.