The friars' winemaking

In 2006, for the first time, the ancient cellars of the Friars Minor Conventual of Montefalco were made accessible and opened to visitors. The cellars, which had come to light during the most recent restoration work, were filled with 18th and 19th century items relating to the processing of grapes and wine production. ("Studio e Ricerca delle Tradizioni Popolari Umbre Marco Gambacurta" Association private collection).


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THE VINIFICATION OF THE FRIARS

The friars' winemaking

The ancient vats, where grapes were collected and crushed and wine stored, are perfectly preserved and the recess for housing the wine presses can also be seen.
Wine production by the monks is documented in the Municipal Statute of 1692, which gives indications regarding its sale and refers to the above-mentioned cellars as "the largest in Montefalco".

Another very interesting reference to the premises can be found in the 1798 “Inventory of the tangible assets of the Monastery of the Friars Minor Conventual of the Church of San Francesco”, kept at the Spoleto State Archives, which lists the items contained therein. In fact, this historical document confirms the presence in the building of a well-equipped and functional wine cellar, with vats for crushing grapes and collecting wine, barrels, casks, tubs and an array of other equipment typical of wine production.
Located within the Museum Complex of San Francesco, the well-preserved cellars are an amazing testament to a living connection that has existed in Montefalco since ancient times. It combines art and everyday life, culture and society and has centred around this splendid structure, thanks to the role and activities of the friars over the centuries

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