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Category: Sicily

Tenuta la Favola

Located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, a short drive from the town of Noto, Tenuta la Favola is a small estate owned by Corrado and Valeria Gurrieri. Corrado is the third generation in his family to farm this particular piece of chalky, calcareous land, growing vegetables, olives, and of course wine. Certified organic and powered entirely by renewable energy, the estate is a testament to both tradition and innovation. The wines here are made very naturally and with a light touch.

Wines:

Tenuta la Favola “Fravolato” (Frappato & Nero d’Avola)

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i Vigneri di Salvo Foti

When you speak about the wines of eastern Sicily and especially the wines from the soils of Mount Etna, Sicily’s famous, majestic volcano, it is impossible to not mention the name Salvo Foti. A native of the city of Catania, Salvo studied enology and began his career in 1981 as a technical and agrarian advisor to some noted estates in eastern Sicily. He continues that work today for estates such as Gulfi, Benanti and ViniBiondi, all of whose wines are universally recognized as among the best in Sicily. But it is still working with and for someone else. Salvo wanted his own project to really make a wine that sings.

Wines:

i Vigneri di Salvo Foti Etna Rosso

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Romeo del Castello

Fattorie Romeo del Castello is located 700 meters up the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily, and proprietors Rosanna Romeo and her daughter Chiara Vigo are taking the historic estate to an even higher level. The estate of 14 hectares is surrounded by a lava flow from an eruption in 1981 that threatened to take away the entire 30 hectares of the domaine. Luckily, their 100 year old vineyard of Nerello Mascalese was spared. The grapes are hand-harvested, fermented in open wood vats without yeasts or enzymes and temperature controlled. Sulfur is used sparingly, if at all. The wines are aged in older oak casks for about 14 months then bottled without fining or filtration. The Vigo shows all the remarkable characteristics and potential of this perfect match of terroir (pure volcanic ash and lava flow) and a delicious grape variety only found in this corner of the world.

Wines:

Romeo del Castello Etna Rosso ‘Vigo’

Romeo del Castello Etna Rosso ‘Allegracore’

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Marco de Bartoli

The de Bartoli brothers grow grapes in many different parts of Marsala. No fertilizers are ever used, as they feel the plant’s roots need to go deep into the soil to keep their substance. It’s very dry where they are, so mildew and odium are not a concern. They use about three sulfur treatments a year on the vines, and are certified organic. The soils vary, but are mostly composed of limestone; sand and volcanic ash are also present. The brothers specialize in growing white grapes, and the grape they grow the most of is Grillo, which in indigenous to Marsala but now grown in other parts of Sicily. It’s very high yielding, and in the last 50 years most growers have been selling in bulk to cooperatives, so value has plummeted. And while people now use a ton of other grapes to make Marsala (which has now become little more than cheap cooking wine), the de Bartolis feel that is the ONLY grape to use when making an authentic one. Why? Because it maintains high acidity, which is great for aging. And true Marsalas are real wines capable of aging, capable of elevating the palate, the spirit, and a meal in the same way that other great wines can.

Wines:

De Bartoli Marsala d’Oro Vigna La Miccia

De Bartoli Vecchio Samperi Ventennale

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Massimo Gregorio

Massimo Gregorio’s family has been making wine at this estate, on this hill, since 1730. However, it was Massimo that really found a passion for the art, and has dedicated himself fully to updating, and improving this beautiful family villa surrounded by green hills and valleys covered in vines, grains and land for grazing.

The vineyards are all strictly organic and offer selected qualities of autochthonous grapes such as Catarratto, Grecanico, Insolia and Nero d’Avola as well as well-known international varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The wine cellar is located under the families centuries-old estate, and enjoys ideal conditions with insulation and cool temperatures all the year, thanks to the aged-old wood surrounding it and the northern exposure. The Marchese combines cutting-edge technologies, assuring the production of excellent wines, while still respecting the ancient wine making traditions of this region.

Wines:

Massimo Gregorio ‘Nero’ Nero d’Avola

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Il Censo

Il Censo is a project started by Gaetano Gargano and his wife, Nicoletta, in close cooperation with Giampiero Bea. Gaetano, a Sicilian by birth, has spent much of his adult life in banking while living in Rome. He became and still is a client of the Bea family and, impressed by the work the Beas have done in Umbria, he decided to rejuvenate the old family property in the hamlet of Bivona in southwest central Sicily close by the village of Palazzo Adriano (where the film “Cinema Paradiso” was made).

With the counsel of Giampiero Bea, the Gargano family has replanted hillside vineyards to two local grape varieties: Cataratto (white) and Perricone (black), also known in local dialect as “njuro cani” (black dog). The vineyard is managed organically, comprised of 5 hectares at 700 meters altitude. As is usual with a Giampiero Bea design, the label of each wine provides much detail. For the first releases, the Njuro (the red wine) fermented spontaneously on the native yeasts for 16 days without temperature control. Likewise the Praruar (“golden” in Greek and Albanian) spent its first 16 days spontaneously fermenting on the natural yeasts and in contact with the skins.

Core Wines (others available, please inquire):

Il Censo ‘Praruar’ Bianco

Il Censo ‘Njuro’ Rosso

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Calea

This is a pure, authentic and downright pleasurable Nero d’Avola. Fermented in tank and aged for 4 months prior to release. Deeply colored and with a beguiling bouquet of violets, blueberry and black olives, this wine draws one in with its warm and generous nature. On the palate the texture is smooth and elegant, and the finish unfolds with considerable complexity, revealing nuances of mineral earth, ripe dark fruits, and hints of cedar.

Wines:

Calea Nero d’Avola

 

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Arianna Occhipinti

Arianna Occhipinti is a young winemaker who released her first vintage in 2004 at the age of 21. A burgeoning cult figure in the biodynamic movement, Arianna tends to 14 hectares of olive groves and 5 hectares of vineyards in the land around Vittoria, southeastern Sicily. Growing a few white varietals as well as Nero d’Avola, Occhipinti has built a reputation on Frappato, a secondary grape used in Sicily to brighten heavier Nero D’Avola. Highlighting its intense perfume and zingy berry character, Arianna has proven that Frappato can also stand alone. In addition to her high-end wines, Occhipinti decided to add this moderately priced second label. ‘Tami’ is named after a concept store in Siracusa where, along with two architect friends, she sells natural wines, specialty foods, books, and design objects.

Wines:

Occhipinti TAMI Grillo

Occhipinti TAMI Frappato

Occhipinti TAMI Nero d’Avola

Occhipinti SP68 Bianco

Occhipinti SP68 Rosso

Occhipinti Il Frappato

Occhipinti Siccagno Rosso

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Indie Cuvées

The Cantine di Indie cuvées are the products of Indie Wineries working with their winery partners in Italy, such as Tenuta la Favola, and Valdispina. The result are a small series of wines that are both very affordable and impeccably made.

Wines:

Cantine di Indie Vino Rosso del Popolo, Piemonte

Cantine di Indie Polpo Rosso, Sicilia

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