AZIENDA AGRARIA SCACCIADIAVOLI
Founded in 1884, Cantina Scacciadiavoli, “cast out the devils”, takes its name from a 19th century exorcist who lived in the small village bordering the vineyard. He was known to use the wines while performing his exorcist ritual of ridding poor souls of demons. Scacciadiavoli is the resulting dream of the Prince of Piombino, Ugo Boncompagni-Ludovisi. In 1884, the estate was built as a complex and modern wine “factory”. Today, the Pambuffetti family owns Scacciadiavoli. The estate is made up of 130 hectares, 35 of which make up the vineyards with an annual production of approximately 250,000 bottles. The vines cover a hill in the heart of the “Montefalco” appellation divided between the three provinces of Gualdo Cattaneo, Giano dell’Umbria and Montefalco. Scacciadiavoli is part of the Comitato Grandi Cru d'Italia.
The winery was built in the second half of the 19th century when Prince Boncompagni-Ludovisi left Rome to dedicate himself to the art of wine production. Amilcare Pambuffetti became the third owner of the estate when he bought Scacciadiavoli in 1954. While maintaining its original architectural and structural elements, the winery was renovated and modernized in the year 2000. The winery is built into the hill consisting of four vertical levels allowing the use of gravity throughout the production. The grapes arrive from the vineyards directly at the fourth and highest level of the winery. They are then moved down to the third level where they are fermented and vinified in wood or stainless steel vats.
The "Montefalco Rosso DOC" is brought down to the ground floor level where it is aged one year in small barrels, tonneaux (500 liters) and barriques (225 liters). "Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG" (dry red Sagrantino) and "Sagrantino Passito DOCG" (sweet red Sagrantino) are brought to the underground level where the wines are aged for two years in small barrels (barriques).