With a name that translates literally as ‘cast out the devils’, the Scacciadiavoli winery owes its eerie title to an exorcist who lived in the village by the vineyard during the 19th century. It was founded in 1884 by Prince Ugo Boncompagni-Ludovisi, who left Rome to dedicate himself to wine production, but since 1954 it has been owned by the Pambuffeti family.
Scacciadiavoli, Rose Brut Metodo Classico NV – $29.99
Scacciadiavoli, Grechetto Umbria 2015 – $12.99
(100% Grechetto; Montefalco, Umbria, Italy)
Grechetto is Umbria’s main white grape variety. This Grechetto is full and smooth with stone fruits and citrus and an intriguing herbal note. We have paired it with tomato-basil soup, salads, “white” pizza (rosemary and parmesan). It reminds me of Gruner Veltliner from Austria, which is another of my favorite dry white wines.
Scacciadiavoli, Montefalco Rosso 2013 – $18.99
(60% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 15% Sagrantino; Umbria, Italy)
Slightly wild Umbrian red which gains its personality from the proportion of sagrantino grapes that add a ripe but tannic mulberry character to the Sangiovese base. Good cold-weather drinking.
Scacciadiavoli, Sagrantino Montefalco 2009 – $33.99
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