Stages of the
qualitative revolution
Late 1980`s
• New production philosophy
• Value enhancement of premier native wines
•Reintroduction of the world-class vines present in Sicily from the late 18th century
Future
• Fortification of DOP
• Value enhancement and quality reinforcement of native vines.
• Company policies aimed at better price-quality ratio
• Growth of the vineyards
• Success of pre-existing projects based on the cloning of native vines
• Safeguarding of the uniqueness and diversity of products born of a territory unique of
its kind.
SICILY
LOCATED BETWEEN THE 35th AND 40th NORTH PARALLEL
SICILY`S GEOGRAPHY
Position: Between the 12° and the 16° East
Greenwich meridian and the 36° and the 39°
North parallel
Surface: 9,925 sm2 (8,5% of Italy)
Inhabitants: 5.077.000 (8,8% of Italy)
Density: 197 ab/Km2
Capital: Palermo (679.000 Inhabitants )
Province (9): Palermo, Agrigento,
Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina,
Trapani, Siracusa, Ragusa.
Important mountains: Etna 10,899 Feet, Pizzo
Carbonara 6493 Feet
Important rivers: Imera-Salso 88 miles,
Simeto 70 mm
Islands: Eolie 45 sqm, Pantelleria 32 sqm,
Egadi 15 sqm, Pelagie 9 sqm, Ustica 3 sqm
Altitude
Rainfall
Temperature
Temperature range
SICILY “WINE CONTINENT”
ITS VINE SURFACE IS THE SAME AS THAT OF CHILE AND SOUTH AFRICA
AND DOUBLE THAT OF TUSCANY AND PIEDMONT.
PRODUCTION:
Palermo
Trapani
Acres 336.000 (17,5% sup. Italy)
• White vine
= 70%
Etna
• Red vine
= 30%
Vineyards site
• Plain 30%
Agrigento
• Hill 65%
• Mountain 5%
Total production 119,000,000 Gallons
(13,9% Nat. Prod.)
In 2012, Sicily produced 4.5 million hl
(50 million cases) of wine, mostly IGP
wine with just 4% of it at the DOP level
NATIVE: 90% , 35% of which has high quality potential
(although that will rise now that IGT
NERO D’AVOLA, GRECANICO, FRAPPATO, GRILLO,
Sicilia has been raised to DOC status).
INZOLIA, GRECANICO…
The region’s primary grape varieties
are Catarratto (35%) and Calabrese or
INTERNATIONAL: 10% - CHARDONNAY, MERLOT,
Nero d’Avola (16%).
CABERNET SAUVIGNON, SYRAH
Red varietals
Nero d’Avola
Nerello Mascalese
Frappato
Nerello Cappuccio
White Varietals
Inzolia
Grillo
Catarratto
Grecanico
White Varietals
Malvasia di Lipari
Zibibbo
Carricante
The Restructuring of the
Sicilian Vineyard
The Restructuring of the
Sicilian Vineyard
The Restructuring of the
Sicilian Vineyard
The Restructuring of the
Sicilian Vineyard
The Restructuring of the
Sicilian Vineyard
International wine
varietals in Sicily
Major
Plantings
MOST POPULAR TRAINING SYSTEM
21%
Alberello
64%
Spalliera
Spalliera cordone speronato
Spalliera guyot
Major wine growing areas in Sicily
Messina
Palermo
Trapani
Etna
Agrigento
Siracusa
Sicily North-West
Sicily South-East
Sicily North-East
Island of Pantelleria
Archipelago of the Eolian Islands
(Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea, Stromboli, Salina, Filicudi ed Alicudi)
COLOSI
Harvest in Sicily
Within 90 days
Chardonnay
Nerello mascalese
End of October
First week of August
Etnean Palmento
Illegal Wine
Etnean Palmento
Illegal Wine
next step: book your flight to
Sicily
ARRIVEDERCI!