Paolo Bea

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Montefalco, Umbria
People: Paolo Bea & Family, Owners | Giampiero Bea, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic


Paolo Bea 2010 Montefalco Rosso Riserva, Pipparello, DOC Login WA 92 <1 Case
Paolo Bea (3 L) 2010 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco, Pagliaro Vineyard Login In Stock
Paolo Bea 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco, Cerrete Vineyard, DOCG Login WA 93 In Stock
Paolo Bea 2010 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco, Pagliaro Vineyard, DOCG Login WA 94 In Stock

References in the archives of Montefalco, the beautiful hill town in Umbria, document the presence of the Bea family in this locality as early as 1500. This tiny estate is the classic Italian fattoria, producing wine, raising farm animals for trade and home consumption and working the land to produce olives, fruits and vegetables. To this day, the Bea family raises and produces much of what they consume on a daily basis. Paolo Bea, the senior member of the family, is the guiding force behind the production of this series of intense and idiosyncratic wines. He is assisted by his two sons, Giuseppe, who farms the vineyards, and Giampiero, who assists in the vinification and is responsible for all commercial aspects of the winery.

The entire property encompasses 15 hectares: 5 of which are dedicated to the vineyards, 2 to olives, and the remainder to the fruits, vegetables and grains that are grown. Sagrantino is the predominant grape, covering 60% of the vineyard surface. The remaining 40% is planted to Sangiovese and Montepulciano, with a small parcel planted to several white varieties. The vineyards are cultivated organically, all grapes are harvested manually and all wines are bottled without fining or filtration.

From Paolo Bea, owner and winemaker:
"As a child, I learned this craft from my father. Our history and tradition is the source of our knowledge and inspiration. Today, my family is here with me, all working together. Our roots in Montefalco trace back to the 1500's, as documents in the village archives attest to. Through passion sustained and encouraged by my sons, Giuseppe and Giampiero, and also by the irreplaceable presence of Marina, my wife and mother of my children, our family has come to appreciate each other in more profound ways, each day relishing the fruits of our labor at our table. With each passing year, I better understand our land, respecting and caring for it... and at the end of each year extract from it a wine which is totally unique, continually developing, improving, and sustaining our health. With an ever growing conviction, we practice, discover, and appreciate natural winemaking methods that exclude the use of chemicals in the vineyard and artificial stabilizing techniques in the winery. Each season is a new discovery, a chance to apply and evaluate knowledge we have gained in previous years. "

Media Links
Wine Advocate: Italy, Umbria: Paolo Bea
Grape Collective: Paolo Bea's Extreme-Artisanal Wines
Occasional Thoughts: 2008 Arboreus - Grapes DO grow on Trees


  • Paolo Bea 2010 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco, Pagliaro Vineyard, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (12/29/2017)

    I was absolutely impressed by this wine from Giampiero Bea. The 2010 Sagrantino di Montefalco Pagliaro is gracefully tamed and tranquil. All those biting tannins that you might expect from the structured Sagrantino grape have been delicately subdued and rendered silky and smooth. It's magic. The wine opens to a dark garnet color with luminous ruby-like sparkles. The bouquet delivers fine aromas of dried cherry and exotic spice. This is one of the nicest wines I have tasted from this creative producer in Umbria, and the wine is drinking mostly beautifully starting at this very moment in time.
  • Paolo Bea 2010 Montefalco Rosso Riserva, Pipparello, DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (1/31/2018)

    The 2010 Montefalco Rosso Riserva Pipparello is a blend of 60% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino and 25% other red grapes from the vineyards. The bouquet reveals immediate and compelling spiciness, with dried blackberry and black fruit backed by smoke, tar, cardamom and Teriyaki barbecue sauce. The wine is black, austere and savory at its core. There is virtually no fruity sweetness, nor will you find much in the way of primary intensity. Instead, you get bold personality with smoky flavors of scorched earth and charred spice. The finish is powerful and firm.
  • Paolo Bea 2009 Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco, Cerrete Vineyard, DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (1/31/2018)

    The 2009 Montefalco Sagrantino Cerrete is a single-vineyard expression made in small production numbers. I tasted bottle number 646, and in full disclosure, my purchased sample was ever-so slightly corked (although I decided to taste past it and feel confident of my scoring nonetheless). This is an opulent and darkly concentrated expression with black fruit flavors that build in strong and tall intensity. Dried blackberry and prune segue to barbecue spice, tar and Spanish cedar. This wine is aged in large oak casks, and the tannins are extremely well integrated (and velvety) considering the abrupt astringency of this structured grape variety.