St George’s Day at Lungarotti Vinyards
The last winery I took you to was new and experimental. See that post at http://theothersideofthecoconut.com/2012/05/04/beyond-assisi-winery-tour-stop-1/
Lungarotti is well established and traditional. Lungarotti wines can be found around the world. If your wine shop does not have any, educate them and have them buy a case or two. You will end up buying all they stock!
Lungarotti is the creation of Giorgio Lungarotti over fifty years ago, He had a vision back then that was very forward thinking. He had a great love of the land and a respect for the people of Umbria and the community of Torgiano. His commitment to the environment and the dignity of people shows up wherever you look at Lungarotti.
He combined family land holdings and worked with other land owners to create a winery with a spectacular range of varietals. In a brochure I was given, I count 27 different labels, some blends and some sparkling.
We were treated to a magnificent lunch of Umbrian specialties. During this feast they treated us to a lot of wine. At one point, I got up, left the table, stumbled my way to the reception area where they sold the wines and purchased a bottle of the nectar I was drinking. It is called San Giorgio. It is a blend of 50% Cabernet, 40% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo. I bought an 8 year old vintage because I was told it is best drunk aged for 10 to 15 years , and I did not want to wait more than 2! It is carefully stored where I will forget about it
I have a ream of very interesting promotional materials. but If I shared half of it with you, this post would be too long. I Suggest you go to http://www.lungarotti.it/en and see for yourself what a first class organization this is. It is not only a winery. They have a restuarant and a charming resort with a wellness center that specializes in vinotherapy! I would love to give THAT a try!
Now we were extremely lucky to arrive on St. George’s day. In Torgiano this day in early spring marks the start of the new growth on the vines. They have a special celebration where they burn the cuttings of the old growth in giant bonfires all around the region.
I’ll get back to that, but first let me introduce our most graceful hosts.
OK, now to St. George’s day. This special day in Torgiano is celebrated with Bonfires of the old vines. Us bloggers from TBU were invited by wonderful Teresa to a celebration held by her family and community on a hill overlooking the valley. The aforementioned gold medals are badges of honor for those folks who contribute their time to organizing this event.
They roasted a pig, and we ate it with gusto. Of course there was wine! Altogether it was a wonderful night.
Thank you Lungarotti! Thank you Teresa, I have not been so welcomed by anyone in ages.
To my faithful readers, please share this with your FB friends so that more people can learn about this fantastic family and their fantastic wine!