The history of viticulture in Favignana island revived in the Firriato’s installation in the old tuna fishery Florio

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Favignana Island. It was inaugurated on Friday, July 11th “Artists of Sicily, from Pirandello to Iudice” a group exhibition curated by Vittorio Sgarbi and staged at the museum complex of the former factory of Favignana Tuna fishery. The exhibition is organized through four large rooms which, following a chronological order, is presented as a journey through Sicily from the 30s to the new millennium.

An event of great cultural value that emphasizes the natural vocation for the art of the archipelago. Among the works of art, visitors can visit a special exhibit dedicated to the history of viticulture in Favignana curated by Firriato.

The historic brand of Sicilian wine has an excursus on the history Sicilian wine, businesses of antiquity until the early years of the 900 marked by the disappearance of the screw on the island. “The cultural value of this installation – says Federico Lombardo of Monte Jato, marketing manager of Firriato – manifests itself to the visitor with the ability to Firriato to invest in a landscape restoration of historical importance. The replanting of the vineyard in Favignana is a value that is added to the natural beauty of the island. We have dedicated more than two years experimentation in 5 hectares of land, assessing the effects of the proximity of the sea over the vineyard, the extreme characteristics of this unique terroir, and then implanting the traditional Sicilian grape varieties that best suited to this soil and climate in the extraordinary context: Nero d’Avola, Perricone, Grillo, Cataratto and Zibibbo. ”

The photographic installation, through images of extreme viticulture, between land and sea, he wants to reveal to the visitor the heroic feat led by Firriato. An exciting journey that, between historical facts and trivia, traces the presence of grape growing on the island. Numerous witnesses and exhibits, such as a skin of a pilgrim in the Museum, bear witness to this glorious past linked to the cultivation of the vine and maintained up to 800 thanks to the flourishing entrepreneurial activities of British families who had moved to the west coast of Sicily, built their success with the commercialization of Marsala wine in the motherland. The phenomenon of immigration along with the difficult weather conditions, behaved, at the beginning of the last century, the disappearance of all forms of viticulture, reported today in vogue Firriato love for their land and the frontier territories. A spell that revives every year, at harvest time, when the cliff of Calamoni small fishing boats depart for the mainland at sunset with freshly harvested grapes are ready to begin the process of winemaking.