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Foligno, 11 April 1472: the meeting between Giovanni Numeister, prototypographer from Mainz, pupil of Gutenberg, with the Foligno mint Emiliano Orfini and Evangelista Angelini di Trevi, gives the world the printing of the first book in history. And that book is a masterpiece of Italian and world literature: the “Divine Comedy”. To remember the primacy of Umbria and the ancient city where paper production resisted until the 1997 earthquake, it is Arnaldo Caprai who, in the 700 years since the death of Dante Alighieri, launches a limited edition of Sagrantino, the wine-symbol of the Region that the winery has relaunched to the international limelight, to support the artistic heritage of Montefalco. A heritage to which it also “belongs” the Supreme Poet, depicted in the cycle of frescoes of the “Stories of the life of St. Francis” by the Renaissance painter Benozzo Gozzoli. A portrait that Canadian artist Rick Rojnic reinterprets in a contemporary key in the 2015 vintage label of the great red, whose bottle is wrapped in the lines of his work “And so we went out to see the stars” (Inferno XXXIV, 139) shown on the tissue that wraps it.
“An auspicious message that points the way towards a future finally of freedom, prosperous and serene”, like the one addressed by one of the pioneer Italian wineries in promoting through its wines initiatives in favor of Italian culture of which Dante is an icon, ancient and modern, in the same way in which the “Comedy” is a mirror of the Italy of yesterday and today. Since 2013, the # Caprai4love project, of which the “artist” Sagrantino is only the last step, expresses Caprai’s vision and commitment to culture as a key element of sustainability, and, over the years, has allowed to purchase an autograph letter from Benozzo Gozzoli and the restoration of the same portrait of Dante frescoed by the artist in 1452, next to those of Petrarca and Giotto, in the Church of San Francesco in the Montefalco Museum Complex. Dante belonged to the Secular Franciscan Order and, by depicting him, Gozzoli values ​​the Franciscan Rule as an element of the civilization of his time. With the purchase of the special edition of Montefalco Sagrantino 2015 dedicated to Dante (available from May, at a cost of 40 euros for the bottle and 80 for the Magnum format), everyone will be able to contribute to finance works for the enhancement of the artistic and cultural heritage of the territory of one of the “alfieri” wines of Italy.

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Marco Ribaudo

Marco Ribaudo

For the love of food and wine! Marco Ribaudo, Certified Sommelier, with 25 years in the food and beverage industry now invites you to join him in his latest adventure, the opening of la Cucina del Vino to share his culture and passion for creating unforgettable memories around the table.

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