Welcome to Episode 1704; part of our Italian wine interview series set in Bologna! Today’s interview features Letizia Ferracchiato of Cantina Fongoli
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More about today’s winery:
The Fongoli company was founded by Decio Fongoli in the early 1900s, when he took over a property made up of several farms, located at the top of the hill in S. Marco, in the centre of the Montefalco wine-making area. As usual with the farms of the period, they produced wine and oil, as well as rearing pigs and cattle, and cultivating arable land. The first bottled wines date back to the 1940s, thanks to Angelo Fongoli, son of Decio, who produced Bianco S.Marco, Rosso di Montefalco and Vino Sagrantino Pregiato, at that time classified as table wines. Angelo's great passion led him to see the recognition of the DOC for Sagrantino di Montefalco in 1977, the only one in that year. Awards such as the Dujia D'Or for Montefalco Rosso in 1981 and 1983 and other local awards arrived in those years.
Since the end of the 1980s until 1999, the winery was run by his nephew Decio and since 1999, by his great-nephew Angelo, both of whom follow the original approach with ageing in large oak barrels, bottling strictly in-house and vinification with indigenous yeasts using only their own grapes. Today the property covers about 35 hectares in a single body, 23 of which are vineyards, 6 woodland, and the rest truffle ground and meadows, and is managed entirely according to biodynamic principles.
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