TIMELINE

1978

FOUNDATION

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.

1989

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.

1990

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.

1991

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.

1994

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

1995

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.

1996

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.

1997

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.

2000

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.

2004

THE EXPERIMENTAL VINEYARD

Research and recovery continue in the Borgo Guarini estate, the home for Sicilian minor vine varietals.

2005

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.

2006

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.

2007

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.

2007

ORGANIC FARMING

New European organic regulation 834 /07 comes into force: Firriato endorses, starting certification process.

2009

GAUDENSIUS: THE CLASSIC METHOD

Firriato’s first classic method Etna DOC made with Nerello Mascalese grapes and ageing minimum of 32 months on lees.

2010

CERTIFIED ORGANIC FARMING

Firriato’s viticultural estates (vineyards and olive trees) are all organic certified.

2011

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.

2013

THE 2nd GENERATION ENTER FIRRIATO WINE WORLD

Federico and Irene join Vinzia and Salvatore to run the winery.

2013

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.

2015

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.

2017

NEW ACQUISITIONS

Firriato keeps on exploring the Etna areas, focusing attention on the northern part of the volcano.

2018

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

2018

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.

2019

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.

2019

THE BIRTH OF LE SABBIE DELL’ETNA ROSATO

The first Rosé of the Etna by the Firriato maison,100% Nerello Mascalese grapes.

2019

INAUGURATION OF THE NEW CELLAR

With a solid experience acquired on the Etna terroir,Firriato opens its new cellar.

2019

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.

2020

CONTRADA MARCHESA

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

2020

A STEADY COMMITMENT

Firriato continues to keep wineries under Carbon neutral protocol also for the current year

2020

CONTRADA ALLEGRACORE

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

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