In this month's case we have decided to celebrate the great wine making traditions of the Island of Sicily by including two of the most important grape varieties on the island. Winemaker Stefano Chioccioli (pictured) is meticulous in his approach and one of his great skills is to respect the provenance and style of each wine he makes. His choice of grapes is crucial with the Rupe Secca wines, a true representation of the island of Sicily.Read More
Nero d'Avola is the major red variety in Sicily and is one of Italy's most renowned indigenous varieties. Itts name comes from Avola in the south of the island. The resulting wines are often compared with New World Shiraz because of their sweet tannins and plummy, peppery flavours. The vineyards in which these particualr grapes were grown lie in the hills of the Riesi area, between Ragusa and Agrigento, on the northern Gela plane.
Grillo, also known as Riddu and Rossese bianco, is a white indigenous variety which can be grown in hot temperatures and plays a vital role in Sicilean viticulture. This wine is a superb example of the grapes potential to make sensational wines at reasonable prices. The grapes for this wine are selected from the best vineyards in the Marsala area.