Sagrantino, the famous Italian wine-valley found in the middle of the central Italian region of Umbria commonly known as the “Green Heart of Italy” is proud to stage the third edition of the Sagrantino Italian International Balloon Challenge Cup with the participation of the first 100 hot air balloons ALL of whom arriving from abroad.
A truly “international” event with a 10 day duration allowing breathtaking daily morning flights in a relaxed environment leaving the rest of the day, for each and all, to enjoy to the full everything Italy has to offer making this not only a true sporting international event for the enthusiast but a wonderful holiday break for the whole team or family to remember.
The Sagrantino wine valley, relatively small compared to other Italian wine producing areas, for example the widespread Tuscan Chianti region, allows for beautiful and relatively easy flights in an uncontaminated area whilst flying above the picturesque Umbrian countryside with its gently rolling hills dotted with small medieval towns and villages perched on their tops………..in addition to teams being assured of receiving a warm welcome from landowners with their balloon landings!!
The Bennett Balloon team has now arrived safely back in the UK having had a fantastic time at the II° Sagrantino meet.
Thanks from all of us for all the hard work put in behind the scenes to produce such a great event. We loved the flying, the events you laid on, finding new restaurants and meeting new friends.
Thanks again for everything, we had a wonderful time.
Yours, Peter Dowlen. (England)
Hi Ralph, just to say how much we enjoyed the balloon meet. Great pilot packs with wine and the really lovely framed fabric. We thought the organisation was great with so much to do in the evenings. You should be very proud of what you have achieved. Well done to you. Very best wishes, Geoff Down. (England)
We like to thank you very much for all your work you have done for this (again) great event. We enjoyed ballooning and holiday in combination, had some nice flights, sights in nearby towns and some very relaxing hours just enjoying sunshine, pool and a good glass of wine or beer. As always, we have no fixed plans for every following year, but we’ll come back, sooner or little latter!
Dominik Haggeney (Germany)
We had a very good and relax drive back home. Ralph, this year it was really TOP!!
We were 9 days there, we had 9 flights….70 balloons…3 launch fields.. wine tastings…dinners…fantastic!!
We, Alda, my crew and myself like to THANK YOU so much for all your efforts….. It was really great!!.
Harry Vos. (Belgium)
Dear Ralph and team,
We would like to thank you all for the fantastic week and flights we had in and around Montefalco.
The social events in these old Italian villages and towns were fantastic, especially the evening at Arnaldo-Caprai was outstanding in food and location.
Hope we will be able to come again next year.
Thanks to all of you. Jean Klein (Luxembourg)
We would like to thank you for such an excellent week, you have obviously put in a tremendous amount of hard work to make it all happen and the meet such a success! Sagrantino is a great base for the meet with excellent amenities and everything is central. Our accommodation at La Casella was also perfect and the owners extremely helpful. The countryside around Parco Acquarossa is just stunning to fly over and we also enjoyed flying from the different locations. So Ralphie, many thanks for such a memorable week-you did a grand job and we look forward to seeing you soon.
All our best. Stevie Burden (England)
Hi Ralph, thank you very much for this year’s event, its been totally relaxing.Your event has always been an intimate balloon meet which draws me to it. 1200 miles is a long way to come and the relaxed intimacy is what draws me to it. Personally I am a little concerned about your intention to create an event similar to Metz in terms of high number of balloon team participants which in my opinion would lose its appeal for many fans of your usual laidback and relaxed event. Please keep it as the world’s most relaxed balloon meet!! Bruce Harris (England)
Brucie, let this be the least of your worries, we have no Intention to make our event anything like Metz! Our event has success because it has always been and always will be a very relaxed meet and it is for this reason we can only accept entries for the first 100 balloons. We had 72 balloons this year and we will aim for a max. 100 next but that’s it no more ever!! THIS MUST ALWAYS BE A BALLOONING VACATION!! Ralph Shaw
Thank you Ralph. You gave us the perfect combination of flying and vacation. I remember your words “This is the most relaxed event in the world”. You are right, you going to see us again!! Pascal Maes (Belgium)