About Winery and Wines
Montemelino is a small organic farm on the shores of Trasimeno lake: a land that has been cultivated with vines and olive trees since the time of the Etruscans. The special microclimate offered by the lake, surrounded by rolling hills, has favoured quality productions: the DOC region is characterized by Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo and Gamay del Trasimeno for red wines, Trebbiano and Grechetto for white wine.
Montemelino is a family-run farm that has been producing quality wines and extra virgin olive oil since 1961: the winery is part of our house.
We are fortunate to be in places of rare beauty on the border between Umbria and Tuscany in a landscape of small villages and tranquillity. We have turned the farmhouses into apartments for those who want to spend their holidays in the green heart of Italy.
Montemelino Bianco. Obtained from the assembly of the two main native Umbrian white grape varieties: Tuscan Trebbiano and Spoletino with a small amount of Grechetto.
Montemelino Rosso. A wine that we have always produced: based on Sangiovese with other local red grapes. It refines for about a year in oak barrels: ripe tannins and good texture.
Ciliegio Rosè. Obtained by a light pressings of the red grape Ciliegiolo , this wine expresses in an exemplary manner the expression of fresh and fruity notes of the grape. In the mouth the structure is perfectly balanced with a pleasant acidity
Grechetto. Wine made with the aim of maximizing the potential of a great wine grape in the traditional Umbrian white grape environment: Grechetto. Wine with excellent structure where typical Grechetto fruity notes are fine and elegant.
Grappolo Rosso. Obtains from Sangiovese and Trasimeno Gamay grapes a beautiful ruby red colour and a fruity fresh aroma; is a traditional wine that lives six or eight months in oak barrels, before refinement in the bottle. It has a dry, slightly tannic taste.
Vinea Alta . Wine produced with Pinot Noir grapes, ruby colour and an elegant aroma of berries. 12 months in French oak barrique, at least 12 months in the bottle; finesse and persistence.
Grappolo d’Oro . Wine produced with Merlot fully ripe grapes: intense ruby red colour and red fruit aroma . 12 months in French oak barrique, at least
Montemelino wine cellar is in Tuoro sul Trasimeno on the northern hills of Trasimeno Lake, between Umbria and Tuscany, at around 300 meters above sea level. The vineyard of about 8 hectares, is included in the territory of the “DOC Colli del Trasimeno”, a territory particularly suited to wine production for the favorable microclimate of the lake.
The farm has been conducted, since 1961, by Margret Etten Cantarelli and now by Sabina, her daughter, which is pursuing a job which has always involved the whole family.
The small and cozy winery is open to those who want to taste and buy the wines we produce (MON to SAT 9-12,30 15-19) . We also organize wine tasting tours for small groups, which include the visit to the vineyard, to the production and the tasting of all our wines matched with small appetizers. The whole visit takes around 90 minutes, booking is required.
We offer our guests – by appointment – the opportunity to dine while enjoying a superb panorama and tasting the dishes of local tradition accompanied by our wines.
The recovery of old houses has taken account of the characteristic features of the place and at the same time the needs of comfort: simple country homes, environmentally friendly. The pool fits discreetly between the olive trees and is available to guests.
Two independent houses and one farm building with 4 apartments. The houses can be rented weekly – Saturday to Saturday – and are supplied with linen. The houses can be rented in summer and winter: all houses have heating. Beautiful is the autumn season, for the favorable and mild climate of Lake Trasimeno and for the joy of the grape harvest. Each house or apartment has a balcony or terrace and private outdoor spaces; besides, there are also common areas with terraces, oven, barbecue, table tennis. There is, furthermore, a wi-fi connection available throughout the common areas.
The stay allows also the resting, the reading, some long walks/biking in the scenic hills and adjacent woods, water sports on the lake, tennis and golf nearby, excursions on the lake and islands. The farm is surrounded by important places of art in Umbria and Tuscany, all reachable by car or train
Lake Trasimeno, offers dedicated and suitable cycling routes for everyone.
One of the most fascinating cycle paths in Umbria is undoubtedly that of the Trasimeno Lake, which is mostly flat and therefore does not present great athletic difficulties. But the Trasimeno area is not just flat. The slopes of the hills that surround it are not always sweet but in some places they have considerable slopes. We Have a BIKE ROOM and agreements with local rent a bike both for traditional bikes and e-bikes.
Every year, Montemelino organizes yoga retreats on it’s beautiful winery estate.
dogs and cats are welcome and can stay in the apartments. Obviously in the common areas the animals will have to be supervised, guided with a leash and muzzled to ensure proper coexistence with all guests.