In the 21st century, Montalcino is world famous for its red wine, Brunello di Montalcino, as well as for its medieval streets and buildings. Montalcino is also known for its honey, Pecorino cheese and Tuscan cold meats.
Ortona wrote a letter to the mayor’s office in Napa, and Sedgley said he found it on his desk when he became mayor in December 2020.
“I decided I had better follow this,” said Sedgley, a Napa native, who listed the names of all the Italian families he grew up with. “I wondered why I wasn’t Italian.
“Napa and Montalcino are two renowned wine country destinations surrounded by natural beauty,” he said, “making fellowship is a natural choice.”
Sedgley and Ortona both acknowledged the help of California State Senator Bill Dodd, who was present at a reception at Visit Napa Valley on June 17 to toast the new sister city with glasses of Brunello. Other prominent Italian Americans included Napa businessman George Altamura and Carmen Policy, the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers.
Twin city partnerships promote technical, educational, economic and cultural exchanges between governments, schools and individuals.
A Montalcino official was unable to make it to Napa due to the ongoing pandemic, but Linsey Gallagher, President and CEO of Visit Napa Valley, said she hoped the new sister ship would help “speed up economic recovery thanks to the power of travel in both regions “.