There are numerous archival documents found that shed the first significant light on the cultivation of this vine and on the use of Sagrantino grapes. The oldest document that has been passed down to us in which we begin to deal with vineyards dates back to 1088, but the oldest mention for now on the cultivation of the “sagrantina” grape in Montefalco dates back to 1549 and is documented by an order of Sagrantino must from part of the Jew Guglielmo, a merchant from Trevi and his wife Stella.
We know that the noble classes of 1500 loved to prepare tables of fine wines for special occasions, such as the reception of illustrious personalities.
Among the fine wines, there was also the red wine of Montefalco, as evidenced by a collection of reports (1541-1654) on the expenses incurred by the Municipality of Foligno to welcome guests worthy of particular respect.
The Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG wine obtained the recognition of the Controlled Designation of Origin (DOC) on October 30, 1979, then DOCG on November 5, 1992.
When was the last time you had dinner in an Italian restaurant in Canada and you thought you were dining in Italy? That’s exactly how “Ospitalità Italiana Certified”restaurants want you to feel when you visit their fine dining establishments.
Ospitalità Italiana is an official certification from Unioncamere, Italy’s federation of local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, that tells you that the food you are enjoying is unquestionably Italian: products are authentic, ingredients genuine and recipes true to the thousand year history of Italian cuisine.
Canada is home to some leading Italian Chefs. Passionate and innovative, many have refined their skills and advanced their knowledge directly in Italy. In addition, Montréal boasts a fabulous cooking school ITHQ where young aspiring chefs learn Italian technic and Italian traditional recipes from the masters.
So the next time you make reservations for an Italian dinner in a Montreal restaurant, ask if they’ve received the Ospitalità Italiana seal of approval. You will enjoy the true Italian taste.