Nine hundred years
Castello di Magione was built in the twelfth century with the function of a hospital for pilgrims traveling to Rome or Jerusalem. The production of wine, which began here in the Middle Ages, represents together with the cultivation of cereals and oil, the historical heritage of the territory.
Only starting from the 1300s, the building began to take on the characteristics of a fortress by increasing its height. The courtyard surrounded by arches welcomes the visitors who is about to visit the Castle.
Custodians of priceless artistic treasures
In the oldest wing of the Castle, there is the Romanesque chapel dedicated to Saint John the Baptist within which there are two frescoes painted by the pupils of Pinturicchio (Sixteenth century).
In 1502, the conspiracy hatched by some nobles against Cesare Borgia took place in this Castle, where Popes and Sovereigns lived on several occasions. This historical event is also known as the “dieta alla Magione nel Perugino” of which Machiavelli speaks in his political treatise “The Prince”.
COLLI DEL TRASIMENO DOC
The vineyards of the Castello di Magione winery are located in the DOC area “Colli del Trasimeno” and are cultivated at an elevation between 250 and 350 m MSL on the hills near Lake Trasimeno.
Red grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangioveseand Canaiolo.
White grape varieties: Grechetto, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Trebbiano and others.
The aging in wooden barrels of red wines takes place in the historic site of Castello di Magione.
Commenda Meniconi Bracceschi in Brufa (Torgiano), located in the DOC area “Torgiano”, produces Sangiovese, Pinot Noir, Grechetto, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in vineyards grown on the hills at 400 m MSL
Wine tastings in the barrel room
The evocative barrel room, characterised by the vaulted ceiling and the barriques, marks the visit path, inspiring a step back in time.
Here the wines age in oak barrels in order to achieve perfection and balance.
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La Congiura di Magione
In 1502 the famous Conspiracy of Magione took place in the Castle, the plan developed against Cesare Borgia, also known as Il Valentino, by his own captains and allies. This conspiracy takes its name from the place where it was organised, the Castle of the Knights of Malta in Magione.
It was Nicolò Machiavelli who revealed to Cesare Borgia the plans against him hatched during the meeting of the conspirators in Magione and thus make the project fail.
Every year in month July, in the setting of the medieval Castello di Magione, the historical reconstruction entitled ‘Congiura al castello’ takes place. The castle acts as a suggestive scenography for the exciting theatrical representation of the Conspiracy that Cardinal Orsini plotted, right in this place, against Cesare Borgia.