The grapes come from vineyards which are about 17-18 years old, situated about 400metres up, between the hills of Spello and Assisi. The soil is generally a medium mixture, tending towards sandy, somewhat shallow, with high porosity and permeability. This is due to the alteration of the sandstone of marine origin which constitutes the parent rock. Harvesting began with Merlot, during the first days of September, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Vinification: once they are harvested, the grapes are immediately transported to the winery, where they are destemmed, then put in thermal-conditioned, stainless steel tanks to ferment. Maceration time is approximately 10 days, with frequent pumping and delestage. The wine is then transferred to barriques of French oak (capacity 228 litres), where malolactic fermentation takes place, and where the wine is left to mature for about 12 months. Finally, the wine is bottled and allowed to age for a further 24 months.
Tasting notes: intense deep red in colour, with an evolved bouquet reminiscent of blackberry compote, tobacco, spices, liquorice and chocolate.
It is sumptuous and elegant to the palate, with perfectly balanced silky tannins, which give a rich, long finish.
A brief history: the first vintage produced of Villa Fidelia Rosso was in 1990.
In 1998, Riccardo Cotarella started collaborating with us, and made important modifications to the way the vineyards were run, to the process of vinification and to the blend of grapes. In so doing, Villa Fidelia Rosso began to take on the precise characteristics which it maintains to this day.
The name Villa Fidelia® comes from a monumental villa of the 1800s, situated about 500 metres from the winery, and which represents the town of Spello from a historical and cultural perspective.
The Sportoletti family, who have been farmers for generations, have always been passionately dedicated to wine production. Towards the end of the 1970s, the brothers Ernesto and Remo, reaping the benefits of what their father Vittorio taught them, decided to dedicate themselves exclusively to wine production. In 1979 the first one thousand bottles were produced with their own label. Since then they have constantly been researching the perfect balance between innovation and tradition, using their skills to take the best advantage of the potential of the land-the hills between Spello and Assisi- where their 30 hectares of vineyard are situated. At present, five different wines are produced: Assisi Rosso DOC, Assisi Grechetto DOC, Villa Fidelia Bianco IGT, Villa Fidelia Rosso IGT e Villa Fidelia Passito IGT. Over the past ten years production has been stable at approximately 200,000 bottles per year. Since 1998 the company has had the excellent advice of the enologist and agronomist Riccardo Cotarella. On the borders of the national park of Monte Subasio, at about 500 metres above sea level, the company has approximately 2000 Moraiolo olive trees, the fruit of which produces an excellent Organic Extra virgin Olive Oil.
|denomination||Umbria Rosso IGT|
|grapes||Merlot 70%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Cabernet Franc 10%|
|winemaking||Once they are harvested, the grapes are immediately transported to the winery, where they are destemmed, then put in thermal-conditioned, stainless steel tanks to ferment. Maceration time is approximately 10 days, with frequent pumping and delestage. The wine is then transferred to barriques of French oak (capacity 228 litres), where malolactic fermentation takes place, and where the wine is left to mature for about 12 months.|
|Ageing||Finally, the wine is bottled and allowed to age for a further 24 months.|