Cantine Barbera, Coste al Vento Grillo 2020Regular price $26.00 Save $-26.00
Marilena Barbera is proprietor and winemaker at Cantine Barbera, a boutique winery located in Menfi, on the Southwest coast of Sicily. Her family has been grape producers for three generations. From her grandfather who planted the first indigenous vineyards in the early 1920’s to her father who walked in his parent’s footsteps and selected the grape varieties which would best adapt to the land’s micro-climatic conditions. Her commitment is to produce high quality wines only with the grapes grown and selected in their 30 hectares in Tenuta Belicello, only a few steps away from the Mediterranean Sea while continuing to carry on her father’s dream.
“Coste al Vento” means “coasts to the wind” in Italian, referring to the Grillo vines that absorb the winds from the sea which are full of mineral deposits. Everything about this wine is purposefully made dry; it is harvested early, undergoes skin contact for seven days in steel tanks, and then completes fermentation until bone dry. The winemaking process is a natural evolution from start to finish.
Centopassi, Terre Siciliane Grillo Rocce di Pietra Longa 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Centopassi is the winemaking entity of the Consorzio Libera Terra Mediterraneo Cooperativa Sociale Onlus, a group of social co-operatives that cultivate lands seized from the mafia in Sicily. The cooperative oversees 94 hectares of vineyard area. Giovanni Ascione of Nanni Copè oversees the winemaking operation. The Upper Belice Corleonese area is particularly well suited to producing high-quality wines. Limestone peaks pop up along the highlands, and Mediterranean breezes keep the vines healthy. These high-altitude vines produce elegant, fresh, drinkable wines. In January, Decanter magazine said “On Sicily, Centopassi is the star. Not only does it make excellent, high-altitude wine, but it does so with grapes grown on land once owned by the Sicilian mafia...It’s remarkable what altitude can do.”
“Rocce di Pietra Longa” refers to long stone rocks as can be seen on the label. It’s made from Grillo, one of Sicily’s most known varieties. Vineyards tout coarse rock fragments and ageing is done in steel for nine months.