Sportoletti, with its headquarters and wine cellars in Spello (province of Perugia), is a predominantly family-run business and agricultural activity has been the main source of income for generations, but only in 1979 did the wine production sector begin to take a privileged position among the company’s products. The first bottling plant and the introduction on the market of the first Sportoletti label date back to that year. This was the beginning of a dedicated commitment to improve the quality of the wines, always respecting the typical characteristics of the area of production, that of the hills of central Umbria. At present the business consists of 20 hectares of vineyards situated on the hills of Assisi and Spello, on land highly acclaimed for its climatic and soil characteristics and included in the new "Denominazione di Origine Controllata Assisi". In recent years it has been necessary to set underway a gradual process of renewal of the vineyards with the introduction of new types of Grechetto vines, characteristic of the region, and of vines which respond to the requirements of the market, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Bianco, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Nero. This has enabled the interpretation of the finest aspects of Italian wine-making with flattering reviews in the most authoritative wine guides. The most recent vineyards, planned according to the latest techniques, are densely planted and grown with the spurred cord pruning system. The stages of grape production are followed with great attention right through to the harvest, which is done by hand, in the conviction that a valuable final product can only be obtained from high quality grapes. The greatest care is also taken in the wine cellars, where the wine-making takes place using pneumatic presses for a gentle extraction, temperature-controlled, stainless steel containers and French oak casks for the refining of the special wines. For some years the company has benefited from the valuable agronomical and wine-making consultancy of Riccardo Cotarella. In recent times commercial horizons have widened, so far as to be known and appreciated even across the oceans; although more than 50% of the wine produced is destined for the local and national market, the rest is exported to numerous European countries, the United States of America and Japan. The Sportoletti brothers also own 3000 olive trees situated in excellent soil at around 500 metres above sea level, on the slopes of Monte Subasio. These are predominantly Moraiolo olives and in smaller quantities also some Frantoio and Leccino. All of the olive oil production is of and of organic "Protected disignation of origin Umbria", geographical specification - Colli Assisi -Spoleto-".
"A nice, laid back wine with aromas of pineapple, honeycomb, red apple and hay. Flavors exhibit ripe pineapple, melon and papaya. A perfect wine for chicken, light fish and even ham." Debbie Nelson - Wine Manager SporolettiThis crisp white with its deep golden hue is left to macerate on ... more
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Burghound.com was the first of its kind to offer specialized, and more importantly, exhaustive coverage of a specific wine region. The first Issue was released in January of 2001 and there are now subscribers in more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states. Allen Meadows spends over four months a year in Burgundy and visits more than 300 domaines during that time.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
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View from the Cellar
View From the Cellar, an electronic wine newsletter published bi-monthly by John Gilman.
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