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Discovering Cantina Zafferami : A Hidden Gem in the Enchanting Village of Doglio, Umbria, Italy

Having traveled the world and experienced the grandeur of renowned wineries, I've come to cherish the intimate allure of family-run vineyards that infuse each bottle with passion and authenticity. Italy is a cradle of such enterprises, where love for winemaking is palpable in every sip—a sentiment exemplified by “Cantina Zafferami”.

Nestled within the unspoiled landscape of Umbria lies Doglio, an ancient village that captivates with its winding cobblestone streets and timeless stone edifices. This serene enclave, framed by rolling vineyards and olive groves, whispers tales of centuries past.

In the heart of Doglio, Cantina Zafferami awaits—a cherished family estate tended by Colombo, his wife Betty, brother Roberto, and their son Filippo, the artisan winemaker and heir. Their five-acre vineyard nurtures a bounty of grape varieties, including Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Syrah.

During my visit, I indulged in a selection of their exquisite wines, each a testament to the Zafferami family's dedication:

  • Stille de Bacco Chardonnay (14% ABV): Crisp and clean, with delicate notes of apples and pears.

  • EOS Rosé (13.5% ABV): A captivating rosé infused with fruit-forward flavors from a day of skin contact.

  • Vinum (14% ABV): A harmonious blend of Merlot and Sangiovese, showcasing subtle tannins and a refined dryness.

  • Dolium 2020 (14% ABV): A luscious fusion of Cabernet and Merlot, boasting hues of plums and cherries with a velvety finish.

  • Upcoming Shiraz (2023): Maturing gracefully in stainless steel vats, already revealing a promising complexity destined for greatness.

The wines harmonized beautifully with Doglio's famed cuisine—wild boar stew and truffles—products of the lush forests that embrace the village.

Amidst the rustic charm of their cantina, I shared laughter and stories with the Zafferami family, savoring not just their wines but their genuine warmth and passion.

If you plan to explore Umbria, be sure to include Doglio in your itinerary. The wines of Cantina Zafferami will not disappoint, and I highly recommend visiting during one of their festive summer days—a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this enchanting village and celebrate the essence of Italian winemaking.

Image 1 - The Road Sign as you approach the Winery.

Image 2 - Contact Details Giannoni +39 329 124 7666 OR Zafferami +39 347 931 836.

Image 3 - The rolling hills of the Vineyard.

Image 4 - The team at the Winery from left to right - The founder, Columbo, Paul, Roberto and Wine maker Filippo.

Image 5 - The winemaker Filippo in the cellar.

Image 6 - These wines…. just delizioso as we tasted our way through the entire range. The sun was out, no wind, perfect conditions for tasting! When is it not in Doglio!!

Image 7 - Hard at work, just look at that intensity on the face!!

Image 8 - 40% Cabernet & 60% Merlot. This was a great blend of these crafted wines, great fruit length & yet finishing with a touch of dryness from the Cab.

Image 9 - Well you can buy a 3-pack with a combination of wines as per your taste!

Image 10 - And guess what! The Australian invention wine in a box for those great summers

days to enjoy.

Image 11 - At the end of the day of wine, fun & enjoyment at “Cantina Zafferami”

Highly recommend a visit & remember to mention my name Paul White from the International Cool Climate Wine Show.


Fino alla prommima vota.

Ci Vediamo.

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