Lungarotti

Giorgio Lungarotti, an Umbrian-born wine-visionary decided in the early 1950’s to turn his family’s agricultural operations into a specialized wine estate. He created his signature red wine, Rubesco, and put Umbria on the world wine map.

Inspired by the passion for Umbria’s grape varieties, beginning in the 1960s, the Lungarotti family campaigned for the creation of the Torgiano DOC, a designation received in 1968 and one of the very first in Italy. In 1990, DOCG status was granted to Torgiano Rosso Riserva, with retroactive recognition to the 1983 vintage.

Up until his death in 1999, Giorgio Lungarotti displayed enormous energy, dynamism and originality in all aspects of winemaking, marketing and vinous culture as he built and expanded Cantine Giorgio Lungarotti. Included in this was hospitality, which he considered a cornerstone of Lungarotti, creating Le Tre Vaselle Resort & Spa and agriturismo Poggio alle Vigne.

The Lungarotti enterprise today is led by sisters Chiara (CEO) and Teresa (Enologist, marketing and communications), who carry on the family business as one of Italy’s most successful female powered companies. Leading the family’s cultural mission— and the Lungarotti Foundation—is their mother Maria Grazia, who created the world-renowned Wine Museum in 1974 and the Olive and Oil Museum in 2000. The new generation is now active with Francesco Zaganelli, Teresa’s son, serving as export manager.

Because the family strongly believes in the authenticity of the land and the quality of its products, Lungarotti farms its vineyards (and wines), with 600 acres fully owned, of which 550 acres are in Torgiano. In 2000, Lungarotti reinforced its Umbrian footprint by investing in Montefalco and building a second winery, planting 50 acres of vineyards. Starting with the first vintage in 2003, Lungarotti produces the famous Sagrantino DOCG, one of Italy’s most characteristic indigenous varieties, as well as other wines such as Rosso di Montefalco. The Montefalco estate was granted organic certification starting with the 2014 vintage.

In Torgiano and Montefalco Lungarotti raises vines based on innovative cultivation techniques, sustainable practices and a deep respect for the environment.

Current Selections

  • Torre di Giano Bianco di Torgiano DOC

    The name recalls the Roman origins of Torgiano, which is testified to by the tower dedicated to Janus (Giano), the double‐headed god.

    Terroir: Produced from clay based soils with good water retention.

    Vinification: Produced exclusively with free-run juice, after brief cryomaceration, it is vinified in stainless steel at low temperature. Kept on the fine lees until bottling and at low temperature during the entire process.

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  • Vigna Il Pino Bianco di Torgiano DOC

    Terroir: “Il Pino” is a 7-acre hillside vineyard sitting at about 885 ft. with western exposure. Located on the Brufa hillside with clayey soil, medium depth and limestone subsoil.

    Vinification: After cryomaceration, 30% of the blend is fermented and aged on the lees in barrique for 3 months; the remaining 70% is fermented in stainless steel; the blend is then barrel aged until the following spring. Released about 1 year after harvest.

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  • Rubesco Rosso di Torgiano DOC

    “Rubesco” is derived from the Latin verb “rubescere,” to blush, and has a joyous significance.

    Terroir: Grapes are cultivated in clayey‐sandy soil with medium depth, good structure and limestone subsoil.

    Vinification: Stainless steel fermentation with 15 days of skin contact followed by aging for 12 months in casks and 12 months in bottle after light filtration.

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  • Rubesco Vigna Monticchio Rosso di Torgiano Riserva DOCG

    Terroir: “Vigna Monticchio,” 35-acre hillside vineyard at about 885 ft. with western exposure. Located on the Brufa hillside which has significant variety of soils, layers of clay alternate with sandy layers, the latter being more frequent at the mid- and lower-hill.

    Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel with 25-28 days of maceration on the skins. Aged in oak barriques and barrels for 12 months followed by a light filtering – bottle refined for five years. Limited production of 40,000 bottles.

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  • Rosso Montefalco DOC

    Terroir: Cultivated with south-west exposure in loose soil with sandy-clayey texture that is not deep and has a limestone subsoil.

    Vinification: Stainless steel fermentation with 28 days of skin contact. Aged 12 months in barriques and 3,000 L casks followed by 10 months of bottle refinement. Certified organic from 2014 vintage. Limited production of 25,000 bottles.

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  • Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG

    Sagrantino is an indigenous variety of Umbria with an exceptional concentration of polyphenols.

    Terroir: 100% Sagrantino obtained from massal selection and harvested mid-October. Double spurred cordon; 5000 vines/hectare; yield 6000 kg/hectare. Sourced from plots with southwest exposure, with soils with loose with sandy-clayey texture, limestone subsoil and not very deep.

    Vinification: Stainless steel fermentation with 28 days of skin contact; aged 12 months in barriques followed by three years of bottle refinement. Certified organic from the 2014 vintage. Limited production of 20,000 bottles.

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