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Situated south-east of Montefalco in Giano dell'Umbria, Azienda Agraria Moretti Omero is owned and run by Omero Moretti. The area is small but in ten years has grown from 30 farms to 62. The origins of the property go back to just after the first World War, when in 1925 Moretti's grandfather Domenico emigrated from Switzerland, using his savings to buy his first olive grove. Omero fell in love with farming after receiving his first tractor in 1972 and joined the family business, eventually bringing his wife Daniela and two daughters, Lucia and Giusy, into the fold. Today, the 32 ha estate has over 4500 olive trees and 38,000 vines (11 ha).
In 1992, the estate adopted organic viticulture and in 1993 Omero began making a luscious olive oil. In 1997, he planted vines and four years later crafted his first vintage of Sagrantino. Omero Moretti was the second winery in Umbria to be certified organic. In 2005, Moretti began a project with the University of Perugia, working with two selected strains, one of Sagrantino and one of Malvasia, respectively, maintained at the University.
Moretti produces The estate produces four reds: Terre di Giano, a blend of Sangiovese-Ciliegiolo-Merlot (which is the wine listed here) as well as Montefalco Rosso; Sagrantino; and Sagrantino Passito. Traditionally made in a sweet style (Passito), winemakers started to produce Sagrantino in a dry style in the late 1980’s.
Soils are fertile, deep soils of medium texture, with clay and limestone.
Farming practices: Certified organic. Organic compost of grasses and manure. Copper and sulfur on the grapes when needed. 2015 will be certified Vegan.