Plani Arche, Umbria

 

PLANI ARCHE, UMBRIA

Geese. Broken leg. Pulled pork. Family. Roberto DiFilippo, owner and winemaker of Plani Arche, farms organically (certified) but it’s more than a check in the box. To deal with foxes, which were devouring his grapes, he brought some geese on to his property. Counter-intuitively, geese are aggressive, loud and scary as hell swooping down on something invading their territory. Roberto also uses literal workhorses to plough his fields and avoid the soil compression that results from 2+ ton tractors, but the sacrifice, for Roberto, has been more than in speed of farming…his horse once kicked back and broke his leg. To understand Roberto’s wines, imagine attending one of his famous pig roasts and washing down some pulled pork with his full-bodied, slightly nutty and tannic Grechetto or his supple and spicy Montefalco Rosso. To understand Roberto, you must simply see the love, affection and pride he and his family share. These are wines of the Umbrian land and Roberto DiFilippo’s soul; their purity, complexity and unique character are an inspiration. The name of the estate comes from the Latin Piandarca, the spot where Saint Francis d’Assis preached to the birds.

 

Technical Sheet

Country: Region: Appellation: Producer: Year Founded: Annual Production Total: Farming: Harvest Method: Total Estate Size: Facebook:
Italy Umbria Montefalco Sagrantino, Montefalco Rosso, Colli Martani Roberto Di Filippo 2002 1,660 cases certified Organic Manual 5.5 ha Plani Arche

Technical Table

Wine Name Varieties Soil Elevage Production
Montefalco Sagrantino ‘Black Label’ 100% Sagrantino Clay calcareous 18-24 months aging in barriques and tonneaux 83 cases
Montefalco Sagrantino ‘Brown Label 100% Sagrantino Clay calcareous 12 months in wood cask 166 cases
Montefalco Rosso 60% sangiovese 25% barbera 15% sagrantino Clay calcareous< 12 months in a large wood cask 416 cases
Colli Martani Grechetto 100% grechetto Clay calcareous 6 months on lees in stainless 416 cases
Trebbiano Spoletino 100% trebbiano spoletino Clay calcareous 4 months on lees in stainless 166 cases