Vineyards and Grapevine Cultivars
The main, red grape cultivars are: Gamay del Trasimeno, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Syrah, whereas the white grape cultivars are Trebbiano Spoletino and Grechetto.
This area is a natural, virgin oasis, where a specific viticulture with unique traits has its roots.
Gamay del Trasimeno, one of the most important grapes in Umbria, has found its natural habitat here and is the cultivar which is most representative of the business. Recent ampelographic research claims that this is the same cultivar found in Sardinia named Cannonau, in Veneto under the name of Tocai Rosso, and in France and Spain as Grenache and Garnacha, respectively.
It is thought that Gamay arrived here from Spain in the early 17th century. The second wave of contamination occurred between the late 19th and early 20th century with two events of Sardinian transhumance to the mainland. This grape grows in a medium sized bunch with a drought-resistant, very pruinose, bluish-purple skin.
At Madrevite, Gamay resides in a small vineyard at the top of the hill and is the result of grandfather Zino’s hard work and dedication when he grafted old cuttings from a centuries old vineyard during the seventies. This incredibly biodiverse heritage has been re-propagated and reconstituted to give us the tasty, crunchy grapes that provide the fragrant, sophisticated wine we know today.
They should be considered “non-identical twins” because both are rustic, bountiful varieties that embody the territory, each in its own way and with different results.
Grechetto represents the Umbrian tradition and is more delicate, fresh and immediate.
Trebbiano Spoletino, on the other hand, is more structured, loaded with fragrance, with a more distinctive character and great longevity.
Montepulciano and Syrah
Two other important protagonists appear among the red grapes: Sangiovese and Montepulciano.
Sangiovese predominates in Central Italy. After 15 years spent in improvements, Madrevite identified the best vineyard in the hamlet of Le Capanne to the north of a hill, capable of giving not only an austere Sangiovese of great value, but also one that is fresh, well-balanced and extremely pleasant.
Montepulciano is the variety that stained your hands and dyed the vine rows red. Surrounding the family woodland is the vineyard named Il Macchiolo, which produces a very complex, full-bodied fruit with good longevity.
Syrah is the more international cultivar, which turned the international spotlights on Madrevite at the beginning of the millennium.