When the name Lamborghini comes to mind, do you think of wine?
A participant in the post-war “Italian miracle”, Ferruccio Lamborghini was an ingenious and enormously successful entrepreneur, the son of farmers who began his rags to riches story by making efficient tractors from abandoned trucks after World War II.
The Fighting Bull
His fascination for machines led him to collect luxury automobiles. Dissatisfied with his Ferrari, he complained to his friend Enzo Ferrari about the car’s clutch. Ferrari famously responded, “The car works fine, the problem is that you are capable of driving tractors, not a Ferrari!”
Challenged, Lamborghini hired away Ferrari engineers and created the Lamborghini sports car, as well as a famous rift with Ferrari that lasted a lifetime. Born under the sign of Taurus, his most famous car was called Miura or the fighting bull, and the bull is always identified with Lamborghini products.
From Bologna to Umbria
Though his factory was based in Bologna, Lamborghini was attracted to the beauty of the Umbrian countryside. He bought an old farm, La Fiorita near Lake Trasimeno, where after his retirement in 1974 he invested in more land and began to make wine, built a nine-hole golf course, and an agriturismo. 1975 marked his first vinification and the year of his daughter Patrizia’s birth.
A few years after his death in 1993 Patrizia took over the reins of the winery. Under the guidance of noted enologist Riccardo Cotarella, she eliminated white grapes, initiated modern practices, and today produces four red wines on 32 hectares (80 acres): Trescone (Sangiovese, Ciliegiolo, Merlot); Era (Sangiovese); Torami (Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo); and Campoleone (Sangiovese, Merlot).
Though the farm is in the Colli del Trasimeno wine region, Patrizia feels that the local DOC designation is less visible internationally, and prefers to market her wines Indicazione Geografica Tipica, IGT Umbria.
She tells us that, through the land, she still feels connected with her father.
Lamborghini wines are mostly exported but can be found in local restaurants and wine shops: Umbria dei Sapori, Castiglione del Lago; Enoteca Bere e Sapere, Perugia; at the Ipercoops of Collestrada and Terni; and at the Conad Iperstore in Ellera.
Tenuta Patrizia Lamborghini
06064 Panicale (PG)
Località Soderi di Panicarola