After a year marked by the closures and travel restrictions of the pandemic Ghirlanda Wine Resort in Saragano, located in the heart of the Sagrantino grape growing area in the central region of Umbria, has reopened the doors to one of wine lovers’ most loved destinations. Awarded as Best Charming Farmhouse, this wine resort brings together a passion for excellent food and wine, the beauty of unspoiled nature, and the allure of a historic villa to offer its guests an unforgettable retreat in the Italian countryside.
“The pandemic, fortunately, does not affect the beauty and for the courtesy and elegance we are always here to ensure an unforgettable stay for our guests thanks also to the extraordinary charm of the nature in which we are immersed,” says Riccardo Pongelli, owner of Ghirlanda.
Over the years, La Ghirlanda has become a growing phenomenon, attracting the loyalty of a clientele increasingly in search of an oasis of beauty and recreation far from city stress and overcrowded holiday resorts.
“There is no doubt that Italy can offer extraordinary and rare vacation spots for the beauty and nature that surrounds them, but it is the culture of service that makes them unique,” Riccardo Pongelli explains. “We have focused on elegance and courtesy – they have become our musts. The rest is done by the beauty of the original architecture, the authentic qualities of the furnishings, and an environment perfectly preserved from the beginning of the twentieth century – an idyllic spot for families but also for couples and for anyone who wants to explore the local wine and gastronomic tradition.”
Saragano, stands on one of the highest hills of the Sagrantino wine consortium, between the suggestive villages of Gualdo Cattaneo and Todi, immersed in 200 hectares of luxuriant nature. In this context, La Ghirlanda Wine Resort opens the doors of its suites and chalets for visitors yearning for country adventures, food and wine excursions, and a true passion for wine combined with good food created by the location’s talented chef, Amalija.
Sojourners to the farmhouse can also enjoy a selection of activities to enrich their knowledge of the wine, food and location surround them. Step into the wineshop to not only buy a few bottles but also to taste and learn. Visit the vineyards and the cellar to get an understanding of how this wine is grown and produced. Take a tour to the vineyard and the barrique cellar in the company of winemaker Ivan Vincareti. Experience the beauty of the surrounding areas with trips by foot or by e-bike through enchanting woods, to medieval towers, and onward to discover the local territory and traditions. Sign up for a course to learn the secrets of Chef Amalija.
Offering both suites and a villa, all with stunning views, La Ghirlanda is nothing short of a perfect paradise in the heart of Umbria.
By Liana Bicchieri