A NEVER-ENDING VIEW
The Sicilian countryside at the Baglio Sorìa Estate is cloaked in the expertise of a viticulture which has its roots deep in history. The well ventilated, hillside terrain composed of clay and red marl is predominantly south facing. Here, the wind currents, solar radiation and the role of temperature form an extremely particular mix which causes a rather interesting complex of soil and climate conditions. The range of vine varieties is exceptionally rich comprising both native vines such as Nero d’Avola, and international varieties from Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot. It is right here, at Baglio Sorìa, that the Di Gaetano Family’s dream first took root. Their historic labels of Camelot and Santagostino are testimony of that. In these testing soils, just a few kilometres from Mount Erice where the mysterious population of the Elymians (one of the first to reach Sicily) lived in ancient times, precision viticulture is practised. It is viticulture where the experience driven management at the heart of the vineyard assumes a highly specialised level of know-how. As in the nearby Egadi islands, the sun burns strongly here and every single bunch of grapes requires personal and meticulous care. In order for the leaves to be able to protect the fruit so that it reaches perfect polyphenolic maturity, surgically-precise pruning is necessary. In 2015, Firriato opened the Baglio Sorìa Resort & Wine Experience within the old 17th century baglio: it is an oasis on the Via del Sale (the Salt Road).
The beating heart of Firriato’s production is at Baglio Sorìa. It is in these vineyards overlooking the Mediterranean sea that Sicilian native vine varieties of Nero d’Avola and Catarratto find the best soil conditions alongside international vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah. The vine varieties grow side by side in a unique agricultural setting which fully embodies Firriato’s philosophy: to value and promote the uniqueness and individuality of every single variety in order to guarantee the utmost quality of the wines produced from these grapes. Baglio Sorìa, of all the Di Gaetano family estates, is undoubtedly the most charming.
The soil at Baglio Sorìa is characterised by a high level of mineral content which ensures and guarantees a good soil structure. Both the red and white vine varieties have the perfect conditions for producing great wines. The estate represents a unique set of circumstances on the Sicilian hillside viticulture scene:
Cultivation practices are scrupulous and take account of the complexity of Baglio Sorìa’s terroir. Vine training follows the Guyot system, with a plant density which varies slightly from 4500 to a maximum of 5000 plants per hectare. Precipitation levels are also in line with the average rainfall recorded for this area of Sicily. Rain is concentrated during the winter and spring months, followed by a relatively dry and hotter season. Thanks to both the solar radiation and the presence of wind, the plants maintain a lot of covering foliage so the grapes are a lower temperature than that found on the surface of the leaves directly exposed to the sun.
The richness of the Estate is such that Firriato has given some land over to the cultivation of olive trees, as ever strictly certified organic. Cerasuola and Nocellara are the regional endemic cultivars. Picked by hand, the olives are combined to produce an unfiltered, cold maceration extra- virgin olive oil.
Baglio Sorìa Resort & Wine Hotel rises between vineyards and olive trees, on the border of Saline of Trapani in Paceco, in a rare enchantful landscape that makes this elegant seventeenth century Baglio not only so refined and comfortable but also a benchmark for environmental friendly architecture in Sicily. Experiencing Baglio Sorìa means living between tradition and present, relaxing yourself enjoying Mediterranean warmth: wide comfortables well-furnished rooms are alternated with Trapani cooking, while the panoramic view you can enjoy from the swimming pool together with solarium is exalted by the fresh marine breeze. To treasure the experience, you can access activities such as cooking class and other sensorial pathes telling about Firriato’s story. A place thought for guests wanting to yearly come back to enjoy boundless magnificences of an outstanding landscape. The sunset on the Egadi islands completes the awesomeness of a unique experience in Sicily.
Resort & Wine Experience
Address: Contrada Soria, 91100 Trapani (TP)
Mobile: +39 3666260186
Phone: +39 0923861679
Fax: +39 0923861679