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This estate is mentioned in several medieval documents, in which San Marco de Corticellis is described as one of the territories most suited for the cultivation of vines and olives.
In 1881 it was bought by Francesco Antonelli, a lawyer from Spoleto. He began a radical work of transformation and modernisation of the planting and the farming. A report from 1899 mentions that the vineyards were already planted with 5,000 vines per hectare and that the red wines were showing excellent characteristics. There were also great improvements for the tenant farmers' welfare: "their health, the ease with which they could resolve their domestics needs makes them more efficient in their labour and more fond of the property...". Distinguished by this philosophy, the Antonelli estate eventually started bottling and marketing its wines in 1979.
This cuvee is crafted from Sangiovese 70% (selected from the oldest vines), Sagrantino 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Merlot 5%, the first vintage was 1998. All grapes are dealth with by hand through the entire process. The four component varietals are blended and then aged in lightly toasted 500 L barrels for 6 months then in larger 25 hL barrels for 12 months. Clarification occurs in cement vats for 3 months. Bottle ageing for 12 months.
Antonelli San Marco is a wine and farming estate which extends over an entire 170 hectares located centrally within Montefalco's DOCG winemaking area. With a background rich in history, the Antonelli family is passionately committed to caring for their territory and attentive to the quality of their products.
For years Antonelli San Marco has relied on research and has constantly aimed to improve the quality of their wines. The estates style is geared towards authenticity and harmony, drinkability and elegance rather than blunt power.
Umbria is a small, beautiful region in the center of Italy, rich in history and art, with a landscape of medieval hilltop villages, castles and monasteries. Unlike its Tuscan neighbor to the north, and despite its scenic beauty and cultural treasures, Umbria is a region largely untouched by large-scale tourism.