The Carapace is the latest expression in the ambitious project of the Lunelli family to repeat, beyond the Trentino region, the excellence achieved by Ferrari sparkling wine. In 2001, fascinated by the ancient and almost mystical land of Umbria and by an extraordinarily powerful and long-lived wine called Sagrantino, the Lunellis acquired Tenuta Castelbuono, 30 hectares of vineyards in the municipalities of Bevagna and Montefalco. Initially efforts were focused on converting the vineyards to be entirely organic, a process consisting of both new vines and the upgrading of existing ones through a complex project of clone selection. In 2003 the Montefalco Sagrantino was created, followed the next year by the Montefalco Rosso.
There was the need, however, of a new winery and the Lunelli family, thanks to a solid and long-standing friendship with Arnaldo Pomodoro, asked him to plan it. The artist accepted with enthusiasm and after the first "on the spot" visit he had already envisioned the project, stating, "the landscape reminded me of Montefeltro, where I was born and reproduced by Piero della Francesca in his works. Therefore, my work must not disturb the gentle hills with vineyards, but it needed to integrate with them. I had the idea of a shape that resembles a turtle, symbol of stability and longevity. Its carapace represents the union between earth and sky."