The Castle of Montegiove in Montegabbione
In a breathtaking setting, the Castle of Montegiove is hidden among the green and lush Umbrian hills in the middle of an estate that stretches for 1200 hectares, on the border between Orvieto and Perugia. The castle was built around the 1280 by the Bulgarelli family, counts of Marsciano, and is one of the oldest castles in the region.
From 1780 the property belongs to the Misciattelli family who, by unifying the ancient fief and the castle property, adapted it for agricultural purposes. Nowadays, it includes a busy farm, a winery and an exclusive farm. Thanks to a challenging but exciting restoration project carried out by the owners, this bucolic and dreamy scene has been carefully preserved over time, from generation to generation.
The 1200 hectares of wonderful Umbrian countryside include oak woods, vineyards, olive groves, pastures and arable land. The main products of the company are the red wine Orvietano DOC and Umbria IGT, the extra virgin olive oil, wood, truffles and Chianina beef bred in the wild. In the surrounding countryside there are various well-marked paths of varying length for walking, horse riding and cycling, and along the various paths there are many enchanting places perfect for picnics, far from the pulsating urban life.
The wines produced by the estate are red and rosé, and are produced exclusively from selected bunches, hand-picked to perfect ripeness. Later they are vinified in the castle's cellar, which dates back to the 16th century and has recently been modernized, bringing The Castle of Montegiove to be one of the important actors on the Umbrian and Italian wine scene as it was in the 70 years. Recently, many vineyards have been regretted and the surface has been reduced to focus on a high quality black grape production. The vineyards are composed of the Sangiovese varieties with the classic clones of Brunello and Prugnolo gentile as well as clones of the most recent selection of the Chianti area. The other varieties are Sagrantino, Merlot and Carbernet Sauvignon. The Tenuta di Montegiove still maintains a few hectares of vineyards dating back to the early seventies composed of Montepulciano and Sangiovese.
Currently, a project to enhance the local wine heritage is under way; in the spring of 2013, the planting of new vineyards began, through the recovery of the historical vine varieties of the area, for the conservation of genetic resources and for the future production of grapes.
The history of the Castello di Montegiove
The Castle of Montegiove stands on a hill in the heart of green Umbria, on the border between Orvieto and Perugia. Its construction dates back to the medieval period of the city states (twelfth century) and the castle has been preserved with care and attention, representing today one of the best examples of preserved fortresses of the time. Immersed in the luxuriant Umbrian nature, the castle enjoys a fabulous view of the surrounding countryside, while being a short distance from Rome and Florence. The castle owes its name to the existence of a Roman temple dedicated to "Iuppiter elicius" confirmed by the discovery of two terracotta votive heads of the deity; Jupiter (Iupiter or Iuppiter in Latin) is the Roman god of heaven and thunder.
The castle was built around the 1280 by the Bulgarelli family, counts of Parrano and Marsciano. Over the centuries the ownership of the castle passed through several hands, becoming, among other things, the home of Beata Angelina, born in Montegiove in 1357 by James of the Counts of Marsciano, who is considered the founder of the Third Order Franciscan Order; and later it was the home of the Monadelschi della Vipera - mentioned in the Dante Purgatory - and of the famous condottiere Gattamelata.
From the 1780 it belongs to the Marquises Misciattelli who united the ancient fief and the ownership of the castle, devoting himself exclusively to agricultural purposes.
Montegiove is a small village that currently has less than 100 inhabitants but which in ancient times was one of the piers of Orvieto, then a municipality in the Pontifical State.
A few miles from Montegiove is the famous "Scarzuola", whose construction was commissioned by the owners of the Castle of Montegiove in 1282 as evidenced by written documentation of the time, which was asked to build an oratory where St. Francis of Assisi in the 1218 he had built a hut.
Services: events locations and charming weddings in Umbria
The Castle of Montegiove offers the opportunity to visit a part of the castle including the chapel of Beata Angelina and the cellar. After the visit it will be possible to taste the wines of the company. For those who do not want to visit the winery but buy only the products of the estate, just below the walls of the castle is the company's private wine shop.
The castle guesthouse, an enchanting 13th-century structure completely restored - once used as a crusher - has been converted into two luxurious two-storey apartments, located just outside the castle walls. Intimate, equipped with every comfort and tastefully furnished, the apartments and the warm air that dwells welcome guests making them feel at home. The peace, nature, service and general atmosphere of the estate will allow you to enjoy the beauty of an unforgettable holiday.
Furthermore, the castle presents itself as an excellent location for events such as weddings, ceremonies and other special events. Its internal courtyard encloses a splendid garden giving a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. A charming place to celebrate unique events.