Lorenzo De Monaco and his winery La Segreta are a combination of a few of my favorite things: indigenous Italian varietals and a touch of Boston. After spending some time operating Italian bike tours from Massachusetts, Lorenzo and his wife Eileen, a native Bostonian, decided to head back to Lorenzo’s home country to start a winery.
After renovating some beautiful country homes between Todi and Perugia, Umbria, and eventually planting vines in 2008, La Segreta was officially established. To arrive at La Segreta, “the secret”, don’t bother bringing a GPS, as you won’t be able to find it. Set on a 70-acre nature preserve, it is a hidden gem, surrounded by the gorgeous Tiber River Valley. Lorenzo and Eileen initially began inviting friends and family to stay and explore Umbria with them, and after rave reviews, initially began with property rental.
They both discovered a passion for the local wine, with their focus on Sangiovese, and along with the help of their young local enologist Salvatore, planted vines in 2008. Eventually I fit in, as Lorenzo and I were introduced by a local Bostonian friend. After a few visits to La Segreta and establishing a friendship with Lorenzo and his beautiful family, I decided to work with his outstanding Umbrian wines.