The Funaro siblings are working with an eye towards sustainability - with fruit orchards, vegetable fields, olive groves, and of course, vineyards on their property here in Sicily. This Zibibbo is aromatic and floral, with notes of honeysuckle and seabreeze.
Harvested at the coolest time of day, from vines 140 meters above sea level, this wine is bursting with freshness. Sicilian wines are often incredibly versatile for food pairing, and this is no exception. Enjoy with anything from fish to steak!
Although relatively unknown until recently, we are now in a world in which Frappato might just be the new Beaujolais. This expression is as classic as it gets - Light and ethereal while also being concentrated and complex, it is a tremendous example of power without weight, one of the most elusive qualities found in the best wines.
Nero d’Avola is often likened to ‘Sicilian Syrah’ due to its tendency toward dark fruit and a significantly herbal character, all the while being fresh and relatively low in alcohol. As such, Horus’ iteration reminds us of the best and most elegant Côte Rôties, with an unmistakably Sicilian bent, of course.
This is skin-macerated Carricante from grapes from vines that are 40-100 years in age. It’s supremely aromatic with notes of smoke, dried apple skin, and flowers. At just 12.5% alcohol it remains fresh and graceful on the palate with a fleshy texture, flavors of fennel, wild herbs and orchard fruit.
Having grown up in their father’s vineyards, sisters Marilina and Federica Paterno place a stong emphasis on their Sicilian upbringing and tradition, and that is apparent in their wines. This nero d’avola rosato is playful and complex, with a rustic effervescence and funkiness indicative of the pet nat style.
Natural old-vine Frappato/Perricono from Etna's volcanic soils? In a liter bottles? Yes please! This Sicilian party bottle is super fun to share (or not). Think juicy plum and ripe blackberry, smoked rosemary and baking spices. These young stars of Italy's natural wine scene have Frank Cornelissen looking over his shoulder! Buy a few bottles before it's all gone. Bio wines this good sell fast!
The blend consists mainly of old-vine Carricante and Cataratto, fermented on the skins for four days in a nod to Etna tradition. We can’t talk about Sicily without mentioning the gorgeous volcanic soil present here on the slopes of Mount Etna. It brings an incredible structure and memorable minerality to the bottles.
Lamoresca wines are the product of a truly passionate winemaker. Filippo Rizzo farms a small vineyard outside of Etna, where he seeks to preserve & express the land of Sicily he loves. His Rosso is an unfiltered blend of Nero D’Avola, Frappato & Grenache, rich with earth, minerality & ripe red fruit.
Filippo Rizzo of Lamoresca hand-harvests the frappato grapes for this wine. After fermentation, he uses the traditional hand-crank basket press to avoid harsh tannins. The result is an elegant, loving expression of frappato with notes of herbs, red fruits, and silky tannins. A perfect autumn sipper.
Lifted aromatics and electric intensity - this is a bottle for a table covered in food and lined with friends. These vineyards have been in the family since 1860. Flavia and Giacomo have all that history behind them. They know how to get out of the way and let the vines sing a (Sicilian) pop song. Orange blossom, pink grapefruit, honeysuckle - this is very fun to drink!
In the 1980s, Chiara Vigo’s family vineyard was narrowly missed by a stream of lava from one of Mount Etna’s especially aggressive eruptions. Consequently, Fattorie Romeo del Castello’s 14-hectare estate is now surrounded by a 20-foot wall of lava. Their fantastically mineral wine is a perfect reflection of this dramatic vineyard landscape. This Rosé is savory, complex, and not-to-be-missed.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.