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The sagrantino grape makes a comeback

May 07, 2014

In the 1960s, the sagrantino grape was disappearing from the hillsides around the town of Montefalco, in Italy's Umbria region. Considered indigenous to the area, sagrantino, a sturdy red grape, had been cultivated at least since the Middle Ages. The monks grew it to make a sweet sacramental wine from the dried grapes.