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The history in Umbria is a proud one that stretches back to the Etruscans. The Antinori family came to Umbria in the 1950s to produce high-quality white wines. They already had Tuscan Sangiovese estates, but Umbria, and in particular, the area around Orvieto, had been known since the Roman era as the best place to make outstanding white wines. The vines are so old, the local varietal is referred to as "Grecchetto", or the little grape that the Greeks brought to Enotria.
The Antinori family has been committed to the art of winemaking for over six centuries since 1385 when Giovanni di Piero Antinori became a member, of the “Arte Fiorentina dei Vinattieri”, the Florentine Winemakers’ Guild.
"We have demonstrated, over the years, that in Tuscany and in Umbria there was the possibility of producing excellent wines, widely recognized at an international level, which showed both elegance and finesse while maintaining their original character," says Piero Antinori.
Castello della Sala sits above huge caves carved out of the hills. This huge medieval castle dates from 1350 and is composed of 1482 acres, of which 495 are planted with white varieties and Pinot Noir. The vineyard is located on gently rolling hillsides, planted on calcareous soil, and rich in fossils. Pinot Noir is grown at the top of the hill.
This castle was acquired during a time when many large wineries from outside the region started to purchase land at low prices. Castello Della Sala was in ruins when it was purchased. However, after years of hard work, and the expertise Renzo Cotarella, this property became one of the emblematic Antinori estates, known to produce some of the world's greatest Italian white wines.
The San Giovanni Della Sala Orvieto Classico Superiore is a blend of Grecchetto, Procanico, and Viognier and is one of the best white wines from the region.
Tasting Notes: Blend of Grechetto, Procanico, Pinot Bianco and Viognier. Intense on the nose with aromas of white flower blossoms perfectly balanced with notes of citrus fruit and white pulp fruit. The palate has a good structure, a pleasant freshness, and a magnificent length.
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