In 1968, the Marquis Paolo Misciattelli Mocenigo Soranzo writes: “The cellars of the Castle of Montegiove are not a large-scale industrial plant, but those of a large farm where the owners for generations have adopted progressive farming practices and perfected their wines and vineyards”.
Since taking over the reins of the castle and estate, Lorenzo Misciattelli Mocenigo Soranzo has aspired to cultivate the vineyards like his ancestors, which is the first step to creating the excellent wines the estate produces today. The most significant change introduced after taking over was to reduce the number of fields as compared to the 1970s, to allow the estate to concentrate on the production of grapes of high quality.
Currently only red grape varietals are used for wine production on the estate, and the vineyards include typical Umbrian and Tuscan varietals such as Sangiovese, Sagrantino (an indigenous Umbrian varietal), Canaiolo Nero, Montepulciano – locally known as Morellone – and Barbera. In addition to these, the vineyards also features international varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Castle of Montegiove is also actively participating in a local project aimed at the recovery of old, historic vines. Many of these varietals have all but disappeared from vineyards in the area and they are, in fact, one of the driving forces behind a local initiative to revive old vines in Umbria. This initiative is in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and a two-year search has led to the uncovering of more than 50 different plants. Some of these rediscovered vines correspond to already known varietals, whereas other varietals appear to be unknown. A collection of historic vines, both of red and white grapes, has been established on the estate in order to preserve such valuable genetic resources, allowing ampelographic studies and micro-vinification.