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.
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.
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.