May Winemaker: Lorenzo Mattoni
MONTEFALCO, UMBRIA: The town has been actively settled since the times of the Umbri. It has been under the successive domination of the Romans, Lombards, being called Coccorone in the Middle Ages. In 1249 it was sacked by Frederick II, but was soon rebuilt with the modern name. from the 13th century it had been a free commune under the domination of local nobles and merchants, but later, as with many other Umbrian locales, the commune gave way to government by a Signoria — in this case, that of the Trinci from the nearby Foligno (1383–1439). In 1446 it fell under the rule of the Papal States where it remained until the unification of Italy in 1861
UMBRIAN CUISINE: Pork, boar, truffles and some very special lentils – of all the regions in Italy, Umbria offers some of the best food and drink in the country. Discover the ingredients, dishes and flavors that make this part of central Italy a gastronome’s paradise. It’s small, the only Italian region without a coastline or international border and covered in dense forest and hilly terrain. But Umbria, the ‘green heart’ of Italy, is home to more culinary treasures than many of its larger, more well-traveled neighbors.