Nine centuries ago between the Hills of the Madonie that surround the coast of Cefalù, carl Ruggero d'Altavilla built the Abbey of Santa Anastasia (in a Byzantin farmhouse that was called "Yspigro"). The microclimatie position of the lands (as a matter of faet, there are lands at an attitude of approximately 250 meters above sea level) yielded much esteemed grapes of which the monks derived a wine of a unique and sublime quality. This product was highly apprectated on the episcopal and baronial tables of the island and became a much sought after wine.
Antichi Vinai produces only wines from Etnean and native sicilian vines. A precise choice in order to praise the character and tradition of vines that in this island were born or live since hundred years and absorbed characteristics and spirit of it in a continuous exchange of tastes and fragrances. A particular experience that allows Antichi vinai to choose the rightest techniques of cultivation and vinifi cation and maintain the integrity and typicalness of these wines without giving in fashions enticements that inevitably would distort the original nature. With the purpose of turning every glass of wine in a tasting of sicilian colture and history.
Avide winery dominates an ancient landscape, a land characterised by labyrinthine geometric low dry-stone walls, artistic in their natural design and often in the shadow of carob-trees. All around, in the Comiso area, the Iblean upland stands out with its steep and rustic slopes, its caves, its farms and brushwood . The carob-tree is the distinguishing mark of the territory where the Route of Nero d'Avola and of Cerasuolo di Vittoria wedges in. This is an inspiring itinerary that at a certain point meets Avide winery, established more than a hundred years ago in the midst of stamps and notarial acts, as a result of the Demostene and Calcaterra families' work and passion.
WE ARE AT THE FARTHEST TIP OF SOUTH EASTERN SICILY
The taste of Africa jumps out at you not just from the various architectural ruins but also more importantly from the vegetation: olive, carob and almond trees and vines abound. The climate as well recalls Africa with its red, ochre and yellow tones.
Three friends founded Azienda Agricola COS, in 1980: Giambattista Cilia, Cirino Strano and Giusto Occhipinti. The acronym of their last names is where the name for the winery – COS – comes from.
OUR WINES TELL OUR STORY AND THE STORY OF OUR ANCESTRAL LANDS.
For over 3000 years, the Earth has had grape vines. This is an extraordinary gift
The Pianetto Estate is situated inland from Palermo in the mountaines 650 metres above sea level. The grapes benefit from the difference in temperatures between day-night that is characteristic of the place. Good rainfall from November to March, clay soil on gentleslopes.
At the end of the 1800’s, Giuseppe Benanti, grandfather of Dr. Giuseppe Benanti, began the production of wines on one of his father’s old farms on the slopes of Mount Etna, at Viagrande (Catania). In 1988, Giuseppe Benanti revived the family’s old passion, with an extensive and selective study of the Etnean soils highly devoted to viticulture. He also investigated particular clones of indigenous vines and new oenological techniques to reproduce ancient fragrances using the most modern practices of vinification, in a perfect union of history and reality.
Based in San Cipirello (Palermo - Italy) and deeply rooted to its own earth, Calatrasi has been driven ever since its foundation by a strong spirit of innovation. Under Maurizio Miccichè's direction a young motivated staff of 45 peoples from all over the world is changing the world of winemaking with an international approach.
“Character” is the password of Bruno Fina and his family. Fina’s wines are the result of a land that is loved and fought for, they have the taste of the passion and of that grapes that have been wisely turned into wine, thanks to the dedication of the work in the vineyard.
They have the familiar warmth and the experience of who has always done wine and has always know how to narrate it. This is how you transmit the hereditary character of the territory and the harmony of the men that search for excellence on a daily basis.
The Caravaglio Antonino Agri Firm represents an example of eolian industry and comes from old country roots. Antonino Caravaglio, after having finished his agrarian studies, decided to dedicate himself to the vineyard of his family, in the Capo Gramignazzo little village, near Malfa, 100 meters above the sea level.
Antonino's studies helped in his selection of vines types, and he strived to obtain species best able to grow in untilled land. Antonino's main efforts were always to reach a product of greatest quality using old methods of traditions. His cellar was built in 1990 with modern technologies.
Antonino sells his production directly from the four hectares of well-maintained vineyard, added to the other fifteen hectares of which he is setting up. The Caravaglio's Malvasia delle Lipari D.O.C. vine is the true Malvasia vine, of which its taste hasn't changed.
Founded by the Vaccaro family, the Case Alte winery has been producing wines for three generations in Camporeale, a small town located in the Val di Mazara which has belonged to the province of Palermo since 1954, after a long dispute with the province of Trapani.
Situated in the heart of Tuscany’s Brunello winemaking region, Castiglion del Bosco is one of Tuscany’s largest contiguous Estates. It is located in the Val d’Orcia 12 kilometers northwest of Montalcino, in the Provence of Siena, just 95 kilometers south of Florence and 200 kilometers north of Rome. Its vast property spans ten kilometers, comprising nearly 4,500 spectacular acres of protected nature preserve. Five times the size of New York’s Central Park, nine times the size of Monaco and twelve times the size of London’s Hyde Park, CdB is a magnificent piece of Tuscany – enjoyed exclusively by an intimate private membership.
Cantina Cellaro was founded in 1972, about the same time as Cantina Settesoli, and long before Donnafugata or Planeta. The winery is located in Sambuca di Sicilia, near Menfi and Sicily’s south-western coast.
Cellaro represents 1000 growers and about 1700 hectares under vine. The wines, from local grapes, have always been good, serviceable. Important recent upgrades to the facilities have lead to better vineyard selections and this has lead to the development of new branding and partnerships.
Since the second half of 19th century, the Melia brothers devote themselves to the cultivation of the vine, in the area around the town of Alcamo, traditionally known for its white wine production. But it is in the last years, right at the beginning of the Nineties, that the pioneering Melias experimentally introduced the cultivation of some high quality red varieties such as Nero d'Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Dire CORVO è dire Sicilia in oltre trenta paesi nel mondo.L'azienda di Casteldaccia, apripista del rinnovamento enologico dell'Isola, ancora una volta rinsalda il legame con la sua terra proponendo una serie di vini dal gusto moderno che non trascurano il rispetto per le tradizioni. Che significa soprattutto la valorizzazione dei vitigni autoctoni, punto di forza dell'intera produzione. L' Azienda, infatti, per i propri vini, spazia dalle colline trapanesi all'Etna, passando per le campagne nissene del centro dell'Isola. Tre linee di produzione: oltre ai vini Corvo, l' azienda produce anche quelli a marchio Duca di Salaparuta e Florio.
Two brothers Guglielmo and Enzo Cambria have created the Cottanera farming enterprise obtaining the millenial inheritance and giving life once again to a vine growing and wine producing area which has no equal in the world. It was a difficult task, on the limits of the impossible, realized thanks to a plan based on quality, that quality which is not only a beautiful word but is made up of intelligence, energy, will, transport, faith and above all passion. A passion which, like the lava in the bowels of the mountain, runs in the veins of men capable of great enterprises.
One hundred and forty hectares of family vineyards set in specific and diverse areas according to microclimatic conditions, the constant study of the soil, aimed at finding the best varieties to be chosen for their specific features, the continuous research activity both in vineyard and in winery: these are the main assets of our company. The knowledge of our soils, the constant monitoring of the vines and the appropriate balance between production and cultivation, are always taken into account with respect to the grape. This is the reason why our winemakers and agronomists enthusiastically share with us our production philosophy, constantly considering elements such as research, attention to the training system of the vine and a great respect for nature. Producing a good wine means transforming great quality grapes into a pleasurable wine with a strong personality. In practice, the knowledge and the winemaking techniques must evolve together to maximize the quality features of the grapes.
Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a family in Sicily that has always believed in the extraordinary enological potential of its land and has had 150 years of experience in producing premium wines. Convinced that it is always necessary to be open to change in order to grow and improve, Giacomo Rallo and his wife, Gabriella, launched a new production project in 1983: Donnafugata.
All over Sicily images and emotions tell the stories of the hundreds of races which have lived there. The vine has grown with them since the dawn of time shaping the landscape of the island. "Therefore, wine has always been a fundamental component of Mediterranean civilizations" (V. Manfredi), an essential part of the diet, but, it plays a leading role in myths, in religious and social rights, in economy and commerce. Pellegrino and Duca di Castelmonte wines represent all the main features of this land, the synthesis of places, the memory and traditions of great civilizations, will help you to understand the very soul of Sicily.
The wine house Duca of Salaparuta is born in 1824, and its founders is Giuseppe Alliata, Prince of Villafranca and the Duke of Salaparuta. The Duke, a man with great idea, decided to make wine on one’s own with Inzolia grapes, which come from the vineyards of his farm in Casteldaccia to make a refined product so to offer it to the illustrious guests of Villa Valguarnera. Today so as in the past the wines of Duca of Salaparuta represent a complete selection of taste of high drink. A list of wine of high quality, aristocratic and high prestige. A line that continuous the big story of the Italian enology.
The Fazio Wine Company is in the commune of ERICE and lies in a territory which has produced wine for thousands of years and recently obtained D.O.C. The vineyards owned by the Company stretch over the rolling hills towards Mount Erice and like green lace-work make the countryside unique in its beauty
Feudo Arancio is an estate in the AG (Agrigento) region of Sambuca di Sicilia. The estate is surrounded by 280 hectares of agricultural land in a natural bas in bordering Lake Arancio. The winery has been remodelled in the traditional "Baglio Siciliano", or Sicilian Beam-Style architecture. It is complete with a receiving area, vinification cellar and bottling line. The estate also includes offices, storage facilities and a welcoming center for tourists interested in wine production.
Sicily is blessed with all the natural elements necessary, including the wind and the sun, on which the winegrower depends for the production of quality grapes. Casa Vinicola Firriato, which is in the heart of the region with the densest concentration of vines in the whole of Italy, was created during the mid 80's. The strength of this company is its youth and the producers, Salvatore and Vinzia
Been born historical company in far away 1833, Wine cellars Florio form Marsala is one of the main productive truths of the Sicily. Since the origins, Florio has oriented its production to the Marsala wine obtaining, in the specific field, beyond 60% of the market. The activities of Florio come carried out in the plant of production beam of Marsala that, strongly of a surface very 50,000 meters square and of a hit directed to the sea in the ancient part of the city, accommodates the secular wine cellars of the company, able to manage beyond 5 million litres of Marsala wine in stalks oak.
The wine house Maggio Wines, united to the agricultural company of family, is situated in the classic zone of production of wine D.O.C. Cerasuolo di Victoria, red dry famous of ancient tradition, defined one pearl of the sicialian enologia. Also the family Maggio has contributed to the decided revaluation, heading above all to a product. É for this reason that with to other producers of the zone Maaggio Wines it has entered to make part of the Consortium of Protection of the Cerasuolo di Victoria, with the explicit purpose to maintain elevates it to you qualitative standards caught up you and to favor a careful consumption and an image of all respect in the Italian wine scene.
In the feature of pointed out sicialian coast on the Mediterranean, furrowed from soft and sunny hills between the templi of Agrigento and Selinunte, from the times of the Magna Greece the cult of the screw is handed on. Here the mitezza of the climate, the generosity of the land, the cure of the man has created the vineyards of Mandrarossa. Between 6.000 hectares of vineyard, the Settesoli Wine cellars has selected in the time 600 hectares more detached viticola vocation. Today beside the vitigni of the native tradition, which Grecanico and Nero d' Avola, are magnificently acclimatize vitigni international which Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sirah to you.
Marco De Bartoli can be considered the living symbol of Marsala, and of Sicilian wine in general, thanks to his respect for the past and hopes for the future – despite the doubts that continually plague him. In the 1970s, Marco took over from his mother, Josephine, in running the country farm, Baglio Samperi. Here grapes for the making of Marsala had been cultivated for more than 200 years, but Marco, with his degree in agronomy and admirable curriculum as a racing-car driver, had no intentions of getting bogged down in a declining industry. He turned sun-baked stone buildings into cellars where he followed a personal vision of Marsala, decorating every available space with his collection of antique cars.
The history of the Mazzei family is closely linked not just to the history of winemaking in Tuscany, but to the political and cultural history of the entire region. The first documents that name the Mazzeis – originally from the winemaking area of Carmignano – date back to the early eleventh century. The family coat of arms, bearing three wooden hammers, tools emblematic of the cooper’s trade, also dates back to this time. In the fourteenth century, the coat of arms instead displayed three iron maces that still adorn it today. Since the very beginning, the Mazzeis have been winemakers and active participants in Florentine cultural and commercial life, even holding important posts in city government
Heat, earth, air, initiatives, ideas, actions: Nature and Man are inseparably joined in the creation of that unique and often irreducible phenomenon that is wine. Different places, different men make wines that are unique: the wine in the glass is the very image and expression of that diversity. It is often a unique air, whose constituents cannot be teased out, that develops into a long, complex score orchestrated by time.
Our company has long specialised in cultivating vines and producing vine our forebearers have been doing so for the last 150 years. We are situated on the hills to the North-East of Campobello di Licata in the province of Agrigento, Sicily in area particularly suitable for grape growing. It encompasses over 30 hectares - some 75 acres - and a small part of it was once in the Barony of Ravanusa, where the best native grapes were grown and where even nowadays there are some varieties, which several years of study and experimentation have shown to be essential to achieve top quality wines.
The Morgante Winery is located in the pristine countryside of southern Sicily. Grotte is a town in the province of Agrigento that was at one time famous for an abundance of sulphur mines. The Winery represents one family's initiative to employ five generations of viticultural experience and for the first time, make their own wine from the fruit of their vineyards. br In 1994, Antonio Morgante, with the enthusiasm of his sons, Carmelo and Giovanni, decided to vinify his own grapes. This decision represents the beginning of a strong commitment to achieve the best results with indigenous grapes like Nero D'Avola whilst keeping an eye towards innovation and international grape varieties at the same time.
The Murgo estate is located in a privileged position on the southeast slopes of Mount Etna on the east coast of Sicily, at a height of 500 meters above sea level. The complex, belonging to the noble family of the Barone Scammacca del Murgo, is surrounded by extensive vineyards, and has a panoramic view of both Mount Etna and the Mediterranean sea. Since 1981, Emanuele Scammacca, Barone del Murgo, helped by sons, Michele, Pietro, and Matteo, has been modernizing both the winery and the vineyards to improve the quality of his wines, which are now considered some of the foremost in the Etna area. The family holds a particularly special reference to the Brut as it is one of the most important wines that they produce in the traditional method champenoise.
The new Palari farm, in the beautiful Villa-settled Geraci dating back to the 1700s Sicilian, HAS taken anew the output of this ancient and noble wine with the aim of finding quality qui Back That made Faro worldfamous wine. Our vines extend Palari Themselves in the district in S. Stefano di Briga Messina, planted with grapes autoctonous, Whose names are just as old as evocatively fascinating: Nerello, nocera, cappuccio tignolino, core e palumba, acitana, galatena and many others. All thesis grapes enter in the process of producing controlled-appellation wine Faro.
Eight years after landing in Tuscany, where he established Tenuta di Trinoro, Andrea Franchetti acquired Passopisciaro ("Fisherman's Path"), an ancient vineyard and winery, on the slopes of Sicily's Mt. Etna. In the town of Castiglione, he planted 40 acres of vines on the north side of Etna, at an elevation that peaks at just over 1,000m. And while the lava-strewn slopes of Etna were a hot bed in the 1920's, it is only in the last 10 years that vintners began to reexamine the area as ripe for quality wine production.
The fortune of Marsala wine began thanks to the English, who had already produced and sold Port, Madeira and Cherry in 1773, stopped in Marsala and tasted the local wine. By using the same techniques to produce other sweet wines the English launched this new product on the market. This was the beginning of Marsala's adventure in the world. In 1880 Paolo Pellegrino notary, and grape grower founded the company.
The Pertinace winery is located in the locality of the same name, in Treiso, one of the four municipalities of the Langhe famous for the production of Barbaresco DOCG. The wines produced follow the trend of the Piedmontese wine tradition characterized by a classic and elegant style.
From many generations the Planeta family has been dedicated to farming in the area of Sambuca di Siclia and Menfi, in the province of Agrigento, and it as always been in the forefront of developments in Sicilian agriculture. The future production of wine began in 1985 on the shore of the Lake Arancio, near Sambuca di Sicilia, with the main aim being to demonstrate the value of Sicilian wines. Since the first vineyards was planted the Planeta family has concentrated on three important goals: - to gain recognition to the indigenous grape varieties; - to adapt the best international vines to the particular conditions of Sicily; - o restore the fascinating and historic Sicilian D.O.C.;
Nestled amid the hills around Corleone, in the districts of Malvello and Patria, the rows of vines cultivated with great dedication by Pippo, Vincenzo and Lea Pollara wend their way across the slopes. It is here, in the very heart of the Monreale D.O.C. zone, that the three siblings have turned their love for wine into a profession. The family's passion is channeled into the endeavor to produce ever-improving versions of traditional Sicilian wines that have the capacity to express the true winemaking potential of the island.
Tenuta Rapitalà, 175 hectares of which 105 are vineyard, in the area of Camporeale, extends over the gentle hills between 300 and 600 metres high, where clay and sand alternate and merge. The perfect aspect and the special composition of the soil make it ideal for the cultivation of the finest vine varieties. The toponomy of clearly Arab origin (Rabidh - Allah "River of Allah" for the stream which flows through the vineyards) testifies that this land has been inhabited since antiquity. Today on this ancient ground rules undisputed the landscape of vines which follow each other unceasingly forming an evocative geometry of lines.
Rizzuto Piconello, a magnificent valley surrounded by vineyards and olive groves in between Cattolica Eraclea and the estuary of the river Platani. The nerve center of the wine cellar sits in the middle of vineyards and is designed using cutting-edge technologies for making red and white wine. It is a structure located for local production and bottling of wine, and is used to welcome guests and sell their products.
For six generations of "Pantelleria" winemakers, the Salvatore Murana farm has been aiming to raise awareness of the unconditional passion for the Pantelleria area, dedicating body and soul first to the cultivation of Zibibbo grapes and then to its wine production.
The Azienda Agricola Spadafora is situated in the hilly area of contrada Virzì, within the Monreale district, between Palermo and Alcamo. The estate extends over 180 hectares, 100 of which are vineyards. Great attention is also placed on olive-tree and prickly pear growing, the latter covering about 3 hectares. The Spadafora family boasts a secular tradition in the sector, four are in fact the generations linking the name to the wine industry.
Our story began in 1830 when the brothers Don Lucio and Don Carmelo Mastrogiovanni Tasca bought the Regaleali estrate, formerly a feudal domain occupying nearly 1200 hectares in the countryside surrounding Sclafani, on the border between the provinces of Palermo and Caltanissetta. A family, an estate, an international success; Count Tasca D'Almerita has been has thriving enterprise for more than 150 years and is appreciated today throughout the world for its award-winning wines.
Tenuta delle Terre Nere is located in Sicily, on the northern slopes of the Etna Volcano. The estate is made up of roughly 20-21 hectares, of which 15 are vineyards. Roughly 4.5 of these have been uprooted (in the Calderara cru) and will be replanted by 2007, having let the soil "rest". Two vineyards, for a total of roughly 11-12 hectares are in the Calderara Cru. 1.5 hectares of Calderara is prephylloxera, the rest (which has not been uprooted) is about 40-50 years old. The trellessing is "en goblet" or self standing, but in wide spacing: 2.2 x 1 meters. The elevation here is between 650 and 700 meters above sea level.
In 1624 Don Giovanni Antonio Marrocco et Orioles whose family since 1328 had ruled as Lords of the Manor of Serramarrocco, situated in the heart of Sicily, was created by King Philip IV of Spain as the first Baron of Serramarrocco. This high honour was bestowed by the Spanish Monarch, who ruled the Kingdom of Sicily at that time, in recognition of Don Giovanni Antonio’s considerable military and civil service as Captain of Justice of Salemi.
Located in the North East of Sicily, not far from Librizzi, Tenuta Gatti is a 217 hectares estate on the slopes of the Nebrodi mountain range. This setting of great natural beauty is still a pristine corner of true Sicily. Since 1825, five generations have cared for the land. The estate hosts a variety of plantations (citrus, olive, chestnut and hazelnut trees as well as forests) but is particularly proud of its vineyards, which spread over 17 hectares.
The Mazzei family are acclaimed in Tuscany for producing two wines of incredible value; the superb Chianti Classico Castello di Fonterutoli and Belguardo from Maremma. Their expertise and commitment to quality shines through into their Estate in Sicily where they exploit Siciliy’s flagship red grape variety Nero d’Avola to its peak capacity. Their vineyards are located in Noto at the south tip of Sicily, contiguous to Syracusa and the town of Avola, the grapes apparent birthplace. The vineyards are found 130 metres above sea level, on a western/south-western exposure, thereby benefiting greatly from their altitude and proximity to the Mediterranean Sea.
In the extreme western side of Sicily, in the heart of the Marsala Classico, at the centre of a 700 hectare feudal structure, there is the ancient Baglio del Marchese, a piece of real estate with a historical, artistical value, ancient padronal residence owned by the Montalto Spanò. From the bean it's possible to admire the wineyars digradaring to the naturalistic reservoir on the sea-coast.
Tenute Orestiadi is a Sicilian wine company founded in 2008 in Gibellina, in the Belìce Valley, which is characterized by a close relationship between viticulture and art. In addition to the collaboration with the Orestiadi Foundation and the Brera Academy of Arts, in fact, in the barrel room a museum of contemporary art, the Barriques Museum, came to life.
The winery "VALLE DELL'ACATE" is founded in 1981in the estate of estate of Bidini in Acate, and there it was experimented and select the autochthonous red grapes, Frappato and Nero d'Avola for the french market. Thes intent was to join the producers of the Valley of Acate, who boasted a long winery tradition, to produce autochtonous wines, expression of our territory, one of the most ancient and with more vocation in Sicily for the production of wine.
Vasari is an organic winery located in the northwest parts of the island of Sicily.
The Vasari family has cultivated this estate since the 1700′s. While their cellar uses modern facilities, it is located in the old farmhouse which dates back to the start of the estate.
The former Roman consular road, today the "Etna wine e road", winds its way between two volcanoes: the extinct mount Mojo and mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Solicchiata, a small town in castiglione di Sicilia, is home to Patria, an agricultural and wine producing estate that has inherited the ancient legacy of Torrepalino. Production on the estate is centred on DOC (controlled denomination of origin) Etna wine, particularly the red, red reserve and Tipycal Sicilian varietes.
Volpe Pasini, located in the heart of the Colli Orientali del Friuli denomination area, has been considered to be an excellent wine producer ever since the times of the Venice Republic and it is certainly one of the oldest wineries of the Italian North-East. The heart of the winery, with its offices and cellars, is composed of a manor, whose origins go back to 1596, and by a beautiful complex of buildings surrounding the manor itself.
The Azienda Zenato has always forged strong links with local history and culture, both that of centuries past and that still forming today, and links just as deep with the land that gives us the wines we produce. Equally important to us is a passionate dedication to vigorous research and innovation, to relentless quality improvement. All of this has made Azienda Zenato an ambassador for quality, for dedication, for a frank and simple way of life.