Centopassi, Terre Siciliane Pietre a Purtedda da Ginestra 2021Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
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.”
On the southern outskirts of the city Palermo is the vineyard of Portella della Ginestra situated at a staggering 1000 feet in elevation. As Centopassi’s vineyards were once owned by the mafia, this vineyard was once the site of an unfortunate massacre, and the vineyard was named in memory of those victims.