Barberani – Azienda Agricola Vallesanta
The vineyards of our estate are only a few kilometers away from Orvieto.
They are on the hills overlooking Lake Corbara. along the Tiber river, right above the road from Orvieto to Todi. This area, known as the “classic” zone, is the oldest and most well known wine-producing land in the Orvieto province.
An aristocratic house, that dates back to Roman era, probably controlled the surrounding hills, which are now covered with vineyards and olive groves. Archaeological research has shown that grapevine and olive grove cultivation in the Classica area dates back thousands of years to the Etruscan era. Along the Tiber, the ruins of an ancient Roman harbor are proof of the fact that these products were shipped to Rome itself.
In the medieval period, many fortified castles with watchtowers were built to protect the borders of Orvieto and Todi. Our castle, the Castello di Monticello was one of these fortresses: approximately one hundred people inhabited the grounds and were charged with tending to the surrounding lands, which were dedicated to grapevine, olive, and cereal cultivation.
WINES AND GRAPES
The nature of the clay-limestone soil, the hillside location, microclimate softened from the lake, continued agricultural trials, allow excellent grape production, an essential premise for getting more high quality wines. Note that the wines are bottled come exclusively from grapes grown on the farm, and vinification is carried out separately for each vineyard (cru), with absolute respect of their characteristics. The main production consists dall’Orvieto Classico DOC dry, sweet and gentle, with different “selections”. Different qualities of grapes (Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Semillon, Riesling, Muscat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir), almost always blended with the traditional ones of the area, produce wines of great personality and prestige. Of note “Calcaia”, a great Orvieto “noble rot”, a meditation.
Dott. Maurizio Castelli
ORVIETO CLASSICO D.o.c. Secco
ORVIETO CLASSICO D.o.c. Amabile
SELVASO UMBRIA I.g.t. ” Bianco Secco
POLAGO” UMBRIA I.g.t. Rosso
CASTAGNOLO” ORVIETO CLASSICO D.o.c. Superiore secco
PULICCHIO” ORVIETO CLASSICO D.o.c. Superiore Amabile
CALCAIA” ORVIETO CLASSICO D.o.c. Superiore Muffa Nobile
GRECHETTO UMBRIA I.g.t. Bianco
FORESCO” LAGO DI CORBARA D.o.c. Rosso
GRECHETTO” VILLA MONTICELLI UMBRIA I.g.t. Secco
ROSSO” VILLA MONTICELLI LAGO DI CORBARA D.o.c.
MOSCATO PASSITO” VILLA MONTICELLI UMBRIA I.g.t. Dolce
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