バーリオ・ソリア農園:果てのない風景

シチリア西部のトラパニの町から数kmのところにある110haの農園でディ・ガエターノ家の大きな夢がスタートしたのは1980年代のことでした。シチリアの最もシチリアらしい魅力的なこの地方で、ブドウ畑はトラパニおよびパチェコの塩田自然保護区に隣接する、息をのむような自然景観の中に溶け込んでいます。そこはフラミンゴやコウノトリの渡りの中継地でもあり、背の高いユーカリの並木に囲まれた野生の馬が暮らす自然牧草地です。しかし、バーリオ・ソリアのブドウ園を語るにはこれでもまだ足りません。素晴らしい自然の美しさにはもう一つ、農園の北約6kmのところにそびえるエリチェ山の威厳のある存在が欠かせません。山に上にある中世の要塞を守るエリチェ山の迫力に目を奪われる一方で、後ろを振り返ると視線を東へ向けると、まさにこの世の楽園のようなエガディ諸島のなだらかな起伏のある形が目に入ります。バーリオ・ソリアでは日射が強いので、最適な量のポリフェノールが生成されるようにブドウの一房一房の剪定にも細心の注意を払い、ブドウ葉が実をちゃんと保護するようになっています。

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Baglio Sorìa

The vineyard

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.

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Baglio Sorìa

Terroir

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:

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Baglio Sorìa

Practice

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.

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Baglio Sorìa

Practice

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.

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Baglio Sorìa

Resort

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.