Filippo Antonelli and his “Montefalco”


    When you think of Filippo Antonelli, you think of Montefalco. He is one of the most known producers; his family owns the property since 1881, and he was President of the Consortium for ten years from 1996 to 2006. Coming from 4 generations of lawyers (and one engineer!), Filippo is the first with a degree in agriculture: he started managing the estate in 1986, and now he is a very skilled winemaker, living between Montefalco and Rome where he owns another winery.

    Antonelli San Marco is a wine and farming estate which extends over an entire 170 hectares (with 40 ha of vineyards) located centrally within Montefalco’s DOCG winemaking area. The focus in the production is the quality of the wines and the healthiness: that’s why all the processes respect nature and the wines are organic. Their style geared towards authenticity and harmony, drinkability and elegance rather than blunt power. Gentle extraction and moderate use of wood aging are two typical characteristics of the whole production. Sagrantino and Sangiovese are the main red grape varieties, but also Montepulciano, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown. Grechetto and Trebbiano Spoletino are the white grape varieties currently planted on the property. The average age of the vines is around 15 years. The oldest Sagrantino vines are 30 years old.

    The estate is worth a trip to Italy: not only because of Filippo, who is knowledgeable and very welcoming, but also because it’s a perfect estate if you want to learn more about different soils (clayey and rich in limestone deposits, dating from various geological periods).

    Plus they breed free-range pigs: cold cuts and wine is an authentic experience!