The Firriato winery , which name reminds the French clos in Sicily, is founded by Salvatore and Vinzia’s insight starting the enhancement process of indigenous vines, always looking for those characterizing terroirs that only the Sicilian continent can offer.
ACQUISITION OF THE PIANORO CUDDÌA ESTATE
The Pianoro Cuddìa estate is added to the project of Authentic Terroir. The recovery trial of Perricone grapes gets underway thanks to high percentage of salinity and clays in these soils.
A FACE TELLING ABOUT SICILY
Vinzia begins to travel around the world telling about the beauty of Sicily and the authentic value of wines of this sunny continent island.
THE FIRST VINTAGE OF SANTAGOSTINO
A successful label is released. The first vintage of Santagostino, an icon wine for both the winery and Sicily, the favourite one of Firriato’s winelovers.
FIRRIATO AND DOC ETNA
First grape harvest of DOC Etna. Together with other Sicilian wineries, Firriato is at the forefront in interpreting the value of this particular territory: the mountain viticulture
THE REVIVAL OF PERRICONE VINE VARIETY
After a long time selecting which clones around Sicilian winescape to grow, Firriato plants its first Perricone vineyard in the Pianoro Cuddìa estate, wanting to recover this minor grape and enhance its aromatic characteristics.
ACQUISITION OF THE DÀGALA BORROMEO ESTATE
The Authentic Terroir project, aiming to enhance the climate and soil biodiversity in the Trapani countryside, moves forward with a new acquisition.
THE FIRST VINTAGE OF HARMONIUM
After years of careful analysis and experimentation, the first vintage of Harmonium, blend of three well-defined crus of Nero d’Avola grown in the Borgo Guarini estate,is released. An outstanding Nero d’Avola very appreciated worldwide.
THE ARRIVAL OF ETNA BIANCO
The very first Etna white Firriato produced it first Etna Bianco DOC, with Carricante and Catarratto grapes
ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY
Safeguarding territory together with modern viticulture are concepts based on sustainable agronomic practices. Not a mere “claim” but a real commitment focused on measurable goals.
THE EXPERIMENTAL VINEYARD
Research and recovery continue in the Borgo Guarini estate, the home for Sicilian minor vine varietals.
INAUGURATION OF THE CAVANERA ETNEA WINERY
Firriato restores an old winemaking plant (Palmento) which date back to the 17th century and inaugurates the Cavanera winery in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia.
THE CALAMONI DI FAVIGNANA ESTATE
Firriato explores the marine viticulture and the most extreme terroirs. 5 ha of indigenous vineyards planted close to the Calamoni cliff.
THE METHOD OF INFUSION: L’ECRU’
Trials move forward: 2 different grape harvests to producea single wine. Raisin is immersed in the wine coming from the late grape harvest. The first vintage of L’Ecrù is made and marketed.
New European organic regulation 834 /07 comes into force: Firriato endorses, starting certification process.
GAUDENSIUS: THE CLASSIC METHOD
Firriato’s first classic method Etna DOC made with Nerello Mascalese grapes and ageing minimum of 32 months on lees.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMING
Firriato’s viticultural estates (vineyards and olive trees) are all organic certified.
THE BIRTH OF FAVINIA WINES
Marine wines conceived with the desire to discover a unique terroir embraced by the breeze of the sea. Research regards how the Neptune grass influences vineyards.
THE 2nd GENERATION ENTER FIRRIATO WINE WORLD
Federico and Irene join Vinzia and Salvatore to run the winery.
DATING OF THE PRE PHYLLOXERA VINEYARD
The University of Palermo analyses pre-phylloxera vineyard located in the Cavanera Estate, on Etna: 140 year-old vineyard.
INAUGURATION OF ACCOMODATION FACILITIES AND RESORTS
Viticulture, winemaking but also convivial atmosphere and refined hospitality. Firriato turns a new page inaugurating its Resorts in the estates of Baglio Sorìa, Cavanera Etnea and Calamoni di Favignana.
Firriato keeps on exploring the Etna areas, focusing attention on the northern part of the volcano.
NEW HA ON THE ETNA VOLCANO
Firriato keeps increasing its Ha on the North part of the Etna DOC area of the volcano, between Passopisciaro and Castiglione di Sicilia
FIRRIATO COO AT THE BOARD OF CONSORZIO DI TUTELA DELLA DOC DEI VINI DELL’ETNA
Federico Lombardo Di Monte Iato of Firriato Elected to the Board of Consorzio Di Tutela Della DOC Dei Vini dell’Etna for supervising Research, University relations and the newly formed Observatory on Etna Wines.
FIRRIATO IS CARBON NEUTRAL
DNV GL’s Carbon Neutrality Protocol certification for actions taken to neutralize Green House Gas (GHG) emissions through quantification, reduction and offset measures.
THE BIRTH OF LE SABBIE DELL’ETNA ROSATO
The first Rosé of the Etna by the Firriato maison,100% Nerello Mascalese grapes.
INAUGURATION OF THE NEW CELLAR
With a solid experience acquired on the Etna terroir,Firriato opens its new cellar.
SIGNUM AETNAE “PRE FILLOSSERA“ MAKES ITS DEBUT ON THE MARKET
From the vineyard it prefillossera dated 140 years since the CNR, Nasce Signum Aetnae, Etna DOC Rosso Riserva.
Firriato continues to experiment and study Etna red wine expression in the Etna Doc area, by acquiring 15 year old Nerello’s vineyards in the north-east slope
A STEADY COMMITMENT
Firriato continues to keep wineries under Carbon neutral protocol also for the current year
Firriato continues to recover and study Etna structured wine profile in the Etna Doc area, by acquiring over 50 year old native vineyards in the north-east slope
AWARD FOR SUSTAINABLE VITICULTURE
Firriato Firriato obtains the authoritative recognition awarded by the prestigious Italian Guide for sustainability: Award for sustainable viticulture