Fongoli

  • Montefalco, Umbria, Italy
Fongoli
  • Angelo Fongoli. Photo by Juliette Pope.

Thank you to to importer Louis/Dressner for this estate profile

(Click here for Louis/Dressner's Fongoli entry and here for Fongoli's own website)

We’ve known Giampiero Bea from Paolo Bea in Montefalco since the early nineties and have been fans of his wines even before that. Throughout the nineties into the aughts, we would ask “Giampiero, is there no one in Umbria working the way you do and making real wines?” The response was always a half-hearted pause in the guise of rumination and then a definitive “No.” We imagine his response remains the same today.

Over the course of time Montefalco wines have been driven in demand in good part because of Bea’s great work and as a result there’s been a blossoming of wineries and vineyards. It was the Etna before there was ETNA! The trendy region for the in-the-know wine group. Since the late nineties, it seemed the area was taking a turn for the worse - spoofy wines, made for quantity and consistency rather than terroir. But more recently, there is a swing back to less immediate, more traditional and stoic wines – the wines that actually express the work in the vineyard and the grape and soils of the region.

Angelo Fongoli is the fourth generation to be making wine at the Fongoli family estate. Since the early 2010’s, Angelo has taken the estate--that was, of course, until the eighties a poly-cultural farm using conventional systemic viticulture, then moved towards an almost monoculture farm--back to a more diverse farming culture concentrating on biodynamic techniques.  The estate is now almost 40 hectares of vines, vineyards, olive trees, forest and natural truffle production. About 20 of these hectares are now planted in traditional grape varieties of the region – Trebbiano Spoletino, Grechetto, Sangiovese, Montepulciano and Sagrantino – the oldest of which are more than 40 years old. The vines have been certified organic by Ecocert since 2013, and since then only the use of sulfur and limited copper on the vines, the planting of soveccia - legumes, grains and other nitrogen-rich, complex-rooted plants that open the soil and add nutrients.  More recently, Angelo with his wife Letizia have begun working the farm completely in biodynamic techniques, seeking quality grapes over quantity production. They are fully satisfied with the results and now make the wines without the addition of sulfur  or any other enological products.

The vinifications range from stainless steel with and without temperature control to aging in barrels or demi-muid. They also make two wines in anfora that are made in the nearby town of Deruta – Maceratum for the 100% Trebbiano Spoletino white and Fracanton for the 100% Sagrantino red made in the style of his grandfather and great-grandfather. There is also a 100% Trebbiano Spoletino metodo ancestrale frizzante refermented in bottle using reserved must. There are also still red and white wines – notably some very traditional Montefalco Rosso, Bicunsio, and a Riserva, Serpullo.

Tasting the wines, we have to say that we think Giampiero is not entirely right. There are winemakers in Umbria with the dedication and respect to their vineyards, terroir and traditional wines. The wines that Angelo and Letizia are making are among the finest from the entire region.

Click here for an informative interview of Angelo Fongoli by Monty Waldin. 

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB2807-20
Biodynamic
Fongoli Trebbiano Spoletino IGT Umbria Frizzante "Laetitia Bullarum"
2020
Trebbiano
100% Trebbiano Spoletino. From biodynamically farmed, certified-organic, hand-harvested estate fruit. Fermentation occurs with native...
Italy

DB9096-20
Biodynamic
Fongoli Trebbiano Spoletino IGT Umbria "Biancofongoli"
2020
Trebbiano
85% Trebbiano Spoletino/15% Grechetto. From certified-biodynamic vines, planted from 1999-2008 on the estate's typical heavy clay soils...
Italy

DB3150-20
Biodynamic
Fongoli Grechetto IGT Umbria "La Palmetta"
2020
Trebbiano
100% Grechetto. From certified-bodynamic vines, planted with traditional palmetta-style training in 1987 on the estate's typical...
Italy

DB3205-21
Biodynamic
Fongoli Vino Rosato
2021
Sagrantino
100% Sagrantino. From certified-biodynamic estate fruit, harvested by hand earlier than Sagrantino for red wines. The grapes are destemmed...
Italy

DB2052-20
Biodynamic
Fongoli Trebbiano Spoletino IGT Umbria "Maceratum"
2020
Trebbiano
100% Trebbiano Spoletino. From biodynamically farmed, certified-organic, hand-harvested estate fruit. The bunches are destemmed and...
Italy

DB9100-19
Biodynamic
Fongoli IGT Umbria Rosso "Rossofongoli"
2019
Red blend (mostly Sangiovese)
60% Sangiovese/40% Montepulciano. From biodynamically farmed, certified-organic, hand-harvested estate vines. The grapes are destemmed and...
Italy

DB9101-19
Biodynamic
Fongoli Montefalco Rosso DOC
2019
Red blend (mostly Sangiovese)
60% Sangiovese/15% Sagrantino/15% Merlot/10% Montepulciano. From biodynamically farmed, certified-organic, hand-harvested estate fruit. In...
Italy

DB9104-15
Biodynamic
92V
Fongoli Montefalco Rosso Riserva DOC "Serpullo"
2015
Red blend (mostly Sangiovese)
60% Sangiovese/20% Sagrantino/10% Cabernet Sauvignon/10% Merlot. From biodynamically farmed, certified-organic, hand-harvested estate fruit...
Italy

DB9179-15
Biodynamic
Fongoli Montefalco Sagrantino DOCG
2015
Sagrantino
100% Sagrantino. From biodynamically farmed, certified-organic, hand-harvested estate fruit. The younger vines of about 15 years old go...
Italy

DB3697-15
Biodynamic
Fongoli Sagrantino Montefalco DOCG "Fracanton"
2015
Sagrantino
100% Sagrantino. From biodynamically farmed, certified-organic, hand-harvested estate fruit. Fracanton comes from the oldest vines at...
Italy

DB9181-15
Biodynamic
Fongoli IGT Umbria Rosso Passito "Decius" (Sagrantino)
2015
Sagrantino
100% Sagrantino. From biodynamically farmed, certified-organic, hand-harvested estate fruit. Hand-seleted bunches are naturally dried on...
Italy