The desire to go off the beaten path, falling in love at first sight with an unknown land, seeing oneself in a place and reliving those same emotions felt years before: all of this persuaded the Cecchi family, for the first time in its history, to go beyond the Tuscan borders to take on a new adventure.
At the end of the 1990s, the winery invested in the Sagrantino di Montefalco territory, a prestigious Umbrian designation that has received great fame in the last 20 years in Italian oenology.
The purchase of Tenuta Alzatura was, besides a financial endeavour for the Cecchi family, a needed reorganization of production strategy, both agricultural and oenological, that had to adapt to a new reality.
However, the winery recognized the bond between the Sagrantino vineyards and the elected territory as the same expressive distinctiveness and social/cultural grounding of local winemaking; factors which base the quality achieved in Tuscan wineries.
Thus, it was business as usual. First, much attention was given to the nature of the soil, which was clayish here with a strong amount of stones, and a study of clone varieties that were able to best adapt to the soil and climatic conditions at hand.
Sagrantino di Montefalco wine is defined by an important polyphenol extraction. The substance must be supported by the right amount of freshness in order to achieve balance. The winery’s goal can be summed up as the continuous search for this harmony.