The history of Sagrantino is, still today, shrouded in mystery: although already Plinio il Vecchio, on his “Naturalis Historia” mentioned the area surrounding Mevania (Bevagna) as suitable for cultivating the “hirtiola” grape, it is assumed that Sagrantino has been imported from the East by the Franciscan Friars. The convent walls preserved the Sagrantino grape vine, over the centuries, and the wine was used at the time as sacramental wine: this could be the meaning of the name Sagrantino, from “sacramental”. Legend has it that Federico II di Svevia, in Montefalco in 1240 a.C., cured his holy falcon with Sagrantino. From then the thought that Sagrantino could have healing properties: still in the 50’s, Sagrantino Passito was mixed in the eggnog and given to the kids, as a tonic after healing from childhood diseases like meases or mumps.
The research, conducted in collaboration with the Universities of Florence and Perugia, wants to give a scientific certainty to what myth and popular beliefs tell us from centuries.
 Bevagna is one of the five municipalities where it is permitted to cultivate Sagrantino grape, together with Montefalco, Gualdo Cattaneo, Castel Ritaldi, Giano dell’Umbria).