The winemaker from Aosta Velley will start an endorsement cooperation with the Sicilian winery for the production of the Etna wines
The winemaking lab of the Etna is a naturally vocated to the excellence production always requiring care and attention to better reflect its Terroir. Firriato was one of the first wineries to be really interested in practice viticulture on the slope of the volcano to develop its Authentic Terroir project according to the mountain viticulture standards complying with the complexity behind this worldwide peerless climate and soil context. Over these years, the technical panel have been working on the kind of exposure of the different micro-climate effects both on centenary vines and new vineyard implantations carried out by the Di Gaetano family, one of the most authoritarive signature of the Etna productions.
Taking into account the future implantation development plans to enhance the viticulture on the volcano, Firriato will be supported by the professional insider of the Aosta Valley Federico Curtaz. A truly appreciated welcome for the Di Gaetano family.
“Nowadays we broadly rely on 23 ha- says Federico Lombardo di Monte Iato, COO Firriato – however, by the next 3 years we will be working on a development plan destined to cultivate traditional Etna vines (such as: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Carricante and Catarratto) on a total surface of 45 ha on different “contradas” always on the north slopes of Etna. Curtaz’s skills and experience of this so extraordinary mountain context will allow us to produce wines able to express all the characteristics of the Terroir. Curtaz is an Etna expert and an experienced professional endorsing us by transforming farming efforts carried out in the vineyard in wines evoking the particular Etna doozies. “
Curtaz passionately lives vines and wines with committment and professional vision. After 15 year old work spent with Angelo Gaya, being recognised and appreciated for all his wines, Curtaz decided to start his free lance career in 1997. A career bringing him to travel around Italy and cooperate with some wineries also abroad.
Firriato Winery is a family-owned business, located in Trapani. It encompasses six estates throughout the most magical parts of the wine regions of Sicily, including the island of Favignana. Founded in 1984, Firriato boasts a kaleidoscopic production of 4.5 million bottles per year. Approximately 380 hectares of vineyards are manicured with passion under certified organic farming techniques. These vineyards are distributed in three heterogeneous and complex soils: the Agro of Trapani, the Etna volcano, and the surprising viticulture of the sea environment surrounding the island of Favignana. Firriato is a pioneer in Precision Viticulture, a technique that emphasizes the potential of every single plant, and the range of expression that can be revealed with respect to distinct pedoclimatic contexts. Dedication and zeal applied to oenological practices and eco-sustainability are an integral part of the philosophy of Firriato. It is for this reason that Firriato, year after year, has continued to conquer international markets for quality and elegance of its wines. Firriato products can be found in forty-eight countries around the world, representing the fine expression of Sicilian terroir. For more information:www.firriato.it
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