Muffato della Sala



Umbria IGT


Sauvignon Blanc, Grechetto, Sémillon, Traminer und Riesling


The 2013 vintage was a cool one and was characterized by excellent weather for white wines; frequent precipitation was accompanied by mild temperatures without ecessive temperature peaks. Thanks to the favorable climatic conditions during the months of September and October, “noble rot” gradually covered the grape bunches without any sort of risk for the health of the crop, concentrating the sugars and increasing the overall aromatic complexity of the grapes. Harvesting began towards the end of October, first with the Gewürztraminer, then the Sauvignon Blanc, and the Sémillon, and concluded towards the end of November with the Grechetto.


The grapes were sourced from the Castello della Sala vineyards located between 660 and 1150 feet (200-350 meters) above sea level on clayey soils rich in marine fossils.
The crop was picked manually in a series of successive passages through the vineyards based on the condition of the grapes. After their arrival in the cellars, the bunches were further selected on a conveyor belt. A light pressing without destemming then followed.
After the pressing of the grapes, the must fermented for 18 days at a temperature of approximately 63° Fahrenheit (17° centigrade).
The resulting wine, still sweet, went into 60 gallon, Alliers and Tronçais oak barrels, where it aged for around six months before being blended and then bottled.

Historical data

Muffato della Sala is produced from grapes attacked by “noble rot” which are not harvested until late October and early November in order to allow morning mists and fog to favor the development of Botrytis Cinerea - or noble rot - on the grape bunches. This phenomenon reduces the water content of the grapes and concentrates the sugars and aromas, giving Muffato della Sala a balanced, complex, and unmistakable character. The first vintage was the 1987 and its blend consisted of Sauvignon Blanc (50%), Grechetto (30%), and Drupeggio (20%). The blend was varied in successive vintage until it reached the definite one of today. Muffato della Sala is produced in very limited quantities.

Tasting notes

A golden yellow in color, the wine shows an important aromatic and flavor complexity characterized first by floral and honeyed aromas and then fresher notes, citric and mineral in the bracing savor they bring to the wine. Though still young, the wine is already balanced but is destined to evolve over time and greatly increase in complexity.