The Morgante family owns 200 hectares of vineyards, olive and almond groves that sweep along a series of hills about 25 kilometres from the famous ancient Valley of the Temples of Agrigento – one of the world’s most important archeological sites and a UNESCO world heritage site since 1998. The family has been growing Nero d’Avola for five generations, but it was only in 1994 that Antonio Morgante, encouraged by sons Carmelo and Giovanni, decided to vinify their own grapes for the first time. In 1997 they were joined by winemaker Riccardo Cotarella, who shares the Morgante passion for producing great red wines from Nero d’Avola. The region is ideal for viticulture and the vineyards, planted at 450-550 metres above sea level, bask in the Mediterranean sun during the day and are cooled by breezes at night.
Spending just three months in mostly old barrique, this is all fruit – full bodied with ripe blackcurrant and bilberry, cassis and chocolate, velvety tannins and good length.
Sicily – In a constant tussle with Puglia to win the title of largest volume produced each year, the wines of Sicily are as varied as its history. Delicate whites, full bodied reds and of course Marsala show the variation in climate and abilities of the various regions within the Island.
Nero d’Avola – Sicily’s best red grape. It is capable of getting very ripe, is very charming but lacks acidity. It is often blended with other varieties to balance out its exuberance.