Cellars

List of products by cellars Tenuta Zisola

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.

The vineyards boast a wonderful combination of complex soils, predominating in Calcareous matter, with a high mineral content adding a powerful backbone, structure and definition. The Estate comprises of 50 hectares, of which 21 have reverted to their original use of viticulture: the vines are planted ‘ad alberello’ (bushed trained) at a density of 5,500 vines per hectare, interspersed with olive, citrus and almond trees. The majority of the vineyards are planted with Nero d’Avola which constitutes 100% of Zisola, with some Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Petit Verdot, which are added to the Doppoizeta: all grapes are hand-picked. The Mazzei family have invested heavily in the Estate and restored their two ‘baglio’ buildings, where the modern winery is now found.

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