Castello di Montegiove (Castle of Montegiove) is situated in the province of Montegabbione in Umbria. Owned and run by Lorenzo Misciattelli and his family since four centuries. The 13th century castle is perched on a hill top facing the stunning Apennine mountains.
The Misciattelli family made their own wine of which the main products are Umbrian Rosso and Orvietano Rosso. I was given a guided tour of the grounds and wine making facility by Lorenzo. His estate consists of 1200 hectares of Umbrian land including several vineyards.
I also learnt the process of making the wine making in their wine cellar where thousands of bottles of wine were stored. It was followed by a grand wine tasting!
There was plenty to purchase too! 😉
My choice was Orvietano Rosso- a fresh and fruity red wine, comparatively younger compared to others.
Afterwards I met Lorenzo’s lovely wife Rikki and we spoke of India and Italy quite a bit. I could see her passion for the land and Lorenzo’s attention to detail. Thanks to both of them I learnt so much more about Umbria‘s history. It is commendable to see how the Italians treasure their heritage and take pride in showing it.
The castle and its surroundings give the impression of being right out the pages of a medieval fantasy novel (Harry Potter for me). What is even better is that there are two beautiful and luxurious apartments created around the castle grounds by Lorenzo and Rikki. It is picturesque and perfect for an Italian holiday that one would seek in the Umbrian countryside. Old olive mills and vineyards galore!
Grazie mille Lorenzo and Rikki for your hospitality and warmth. It is an honour for me to be their first guest from India!
To see more images of the castle grounds and facilities check here.
Best way to reach Castello di Montegiove is by car. It is just a 50 minutes drive from major towns such as Perugia and Orvieto. For more information visit the website.