Cantina Roccafiore is a family cellar amongst the green, rolling hills of Umbria in the shadow of Monte Martano. The proximity to the mountain gives constant fresh breezes, perfect for healthy vineyards. Leonardo and Francesca Baccarelli bought the land in the late 1990’s and immediately planted vineyards on the cooler east and north facing slopes; they also had the foresight to start work on an agriturismo that incorporates a restaurant, rooms, pool and a boutique spa. For me, the inspired purchase was an old vineyard of Grechetto di Todi which is now the source of the estates’ revered, ‘Fiorfiore’.
Roccafiore is now managed by their son, Luca. He is in the vanguard of raising the wines of Todi from obscurity; a huge task that has been helped by the creation of Todi DOC in 2010, a sub-zone that specialises in Grechetto inside the larger and equally unknown DOC of Colli Martani.