CASTELLO DI MAGIONE
‘900 Years of Tradition in a Glass’
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).
XII-XIV Centuries – Religious Pilgrim Hostel: Dating from 1150-1170 AD, the magnificent estate was built as a shelter for pilgrims travelling to Rome or Jerusalem on the Francigena road. The oldest part of the castle houses a barrel-vaulted Romanesque chapel dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. It boasts two beautiful frescos from the Pinturicchio school of painting (XVI century) representing the Virgin and child, Saint John the Baptist, and Saint James, patron and protector of the pilgrims.
During the Middle Ages, Via Francigena was the major pilgrimage route to Rome from points north, running from as far away as the English city of Canterbury. As trade and interest waxed and waned through the centuries the route varied, and travelers may have used any of three or four crossings through the Alps and the Apennine mountains. Along the way were a series of abbeys and hostels that aided the pilgrims, including Castello di Magione.
Concerns over putrefaction, medical use, and cultural preferences meant alcoholic beverages were much more highly regarded than water at the time. While in northern Europe ale and mead were popular, wine was produced in the southern areas, and was likely served to pilgrims during their stays at Castello di Magione. Cultural life had deteriorated after the collapse of the Roman Empire, and many monasteries had become the keepers of winemaking techniques; with the stability of religious life and plenty of leisure time, monks virtually maintained viticulture during the dark ages.
XIV Century – Defense Fortress: The Order of Malta was given military status and the castle was built and the two remaining sides added. It became a central meeting point for nobles of the time; on numerous occasions Pontiffs and sovereigns stayed at the castle, and it was there that the conspiracy against Cesare Borgia, cited in Machiavelli’s famous political work ‘The Prince’ was conceived.
Colli Trasimeno D.O.C. – The vineyards are located in the D.O.C. district of Trasimeno Hills in Umbria, where abundant sunshine and perfect exposure ensure delicious grapes.
- Total property: 530 hectares, with 32 under vine
- Altitude 235-350 m above sea level
- Planting density: 5,000 vines per hectare
- Grapes: 55% red, including Pinot Nero, Merlot, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Canaiolo. 45% white, predominantly Grechetto, as well as chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Trebbiano.
- Winery: A new state-of-the-art facility was inaugurated in September, 2009. 1,300 square meters large, with a vinification capacity of 4,000 quintals of grapes. It is equipped with the latest, most innovative technologies for processing, packaging and storing wines, and contains cellars for aging the reds in wooden casks.
Brufa di Torgiano – Favorably positioned on the hilltop of Monterone, the Commenda Meniconi Bracceschi di Brufa di Torgiano vineyard yields Sangiovese grapes of excellent quality. It was here that the first Sangiovese DOC was established, and it produces one of the most outstanding wines in the region.
- Total property: 125 hectares, with 12 under vine
- Altitude: 400 m above sea level
- Planting Density: 5,000 vines
- Grapes: Sangiovese, Merlot, Pinot Nero, Grechetto
WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE
The Magione Castle offers two kinds of Wine Tasting Experience:
- “Castello” includes the visit of the Castle and tasting of 3 wines, € 10, about 1h;
- “Castello e Cantina” includes the visit of the Castle, tasting of 4 wines, visit of the cellar and vineyards, € 20, about 2 hours.
Wine Tastings are only by reservation and are held on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10.30am. No minimum number required. Proposals can be customized for groups and private events such as aperitif, lunches or parties and ceremonies. Historical tours
guided by professionals take place once a month in the occasion of events at the Castle. Click th Like button on Facebook "Castione di Magione" to be updated. The Wine Shop
, located in the beautiful cloister, is open Monday / Friday 9am/1pm and 3/6 pm, Saturday 9.30 / 12.30 am. For information and reservations: +39348230076