The Renaissence



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    The Renaissence

    In 1451 the famous Florentine painter Benozzo da Gozzoli was hired by the Franciscans to decorate with frescoes the apse of their church which today is one of the most important Museums of Central Italy. The subject of the Frescoes is the life of San Francis. In the episode of Knight of Celani the bottle of a dessert red wine portrayed on the table of the Knight is probably Sagrantino.

    Vine-growing and wine making was a most serious issue in Montefalco, so much so that in 1540 a regulation of the Commune established the date for the beginning of the harvest.

    During the Renaissance Montefalco's wine is very well known and appreciated as a quality wine, so much so that Cipriano Piccolpasso in his famous report to the Pope about the territory under his rule states that: "...Montefalco, laying on top of a hill with a marvellous view, is surrounded by beautiful and good vineyards, and with the fruit makes delicate wines..." Wine-growing was such a serious matter that in 1622 Cardinal Boncompagni establishes "the death penalty by hanging for those who are found to cut a grape vine".