A HERITAGE OF EXCELLENCE
The Societá Agricola Vitivinicola Italiana (SAGRIVIT srl), manages a unique collection of ancient farming estates that boasts the longest heritage of agricultural production in Italy. It includes fourteen historical farming estates and three wineries: Castello di Magione (Umbria), Rocca Bernarda (Friuli Colli Orientali), and Villa Giustiniani - Recanati (Veneto).
Encompassing over 5,000 hectares of land, it is one of the largest private agricultural entities in Italy - With an enduring legacy of fine wine production, it is an ambassador for Italian agricultural excellence to the world.
Centuries of Agricultural Production
Farming covers a broad scope of work, ranging from the cultivation of grains, livestock feed, and tobacco, to animal husbandry.
SAGRIVIT’s estates are dispersed throughout several regions of the country. There are six in Umbria: Magione, on the shores of Lake Trasimeno; Sugarella near Viterbo, an historical estate whose origins can be traced to the X century. Sugarella is considered one of the oldest livestock producers in Italy, having developed extensive expertise over almost a thousand years of farming; San Giustino di Piccione; San Benedetto di Mugnano; San Sigismondo di Marsciano; and Brufa di Torgiano. In the province of Treviso, the Veneto region, are the estates of Spresiano, Chiarano, Giavera del Montello and Nervesa della Battaglia. Lastly is Rocca Bernarda, located in the municipality of Premariacco in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
900 Years of Tradition in a Glass - Wine Production
Additionally, SAGRIVIT manages three historical wine estates, producing excellent traditional regional wines from grapes grown on their four ancient Italian vineyards.
Castello di Magione is a magnificent medieval castle originally built as a hostel for pilgrims travelling to Rome in the XII century. Wine production here began in the Middle Ages, and remained an important influence throughout the history of viticulture worldwide. Its vineyards nestle into the hills that encircle Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, where abundant sunshine and perfect exposure ensure delicious grapes. (Total property: 530 hectares, 32 under vine).
Commenda Meniconi Bracceschi di Brufa di Torgiano is located in the DOC Torgiano zone, and produces its excellent Sangiovese grapes for the Castello di Magione label. (Total property: 125 hectares, 12 under vine)
Rocca Bernarda is steeped in history and has long been a point of reference in Friulan enology. It is among the first wine estates, dating back to 1559, and considered one of the finest in Friuli. Situated in the superb location of Rocca Bernarda, it enjoys a unique microclimate and boasts spectacular terraced vineyards protected by the Julian Alps. The soil, formed over 40 million years ago, is a mixture of sandstone and marl that yields complex wines which reflect the region’s character with an unmistakable minerality. Rocca Bernarda has contributed greatly to the awareness of and appreciation for its native grapes, particularly the Picolit, revitalized by the illustrious Perusini family who owned the estate. (Total property: 220 hectares, 38 under vine)
Villa Giustiniani - Recanati has its vineyards in the heart of the spectacular Montello hills, in the D.O.C.G. production zone of Colli Asolani. The wines are characterized by a signature minerality that reflects the deep, stony, glacial-era morainic subsoils typical of the area. Vineyards enjoy a prevalent southwestern exposure, and are ideally situated on a hillside near the Treviso plain where it is crossed by the Piave River. Grapes are raised using the double-arched cane system and are harvested in late September. The Beato Gerardo estate produces its prosecco for the ‘Villa Giustiniani’ label. (Total property: 260 hectares, 21 under vine)
SAGRIVIT manages both agricultural activities and wine production throughout Italy. It is committed to sustainable farming practices, believing they yield not only environmental benefits, but also agricultural products with more authentic flavors. Natural methods of pest control, conscious energy consumption, efficient water use, and carefully selected fertilizers all contribute to responsible farming techniques, and help create products with more genuine appeal. In the vineyards, they create wines that are more complex, better balanced, and more reflective of their terroirs.