IGT Terre Siciliane
At the Baglio Sorìa Estate, Firriato has long since launched an important oenological project based on winemaking according to organic procedures. Caeles Syrah wine is a product of this. An organic and vegan red, obtained from grapes grown on the estate. This red grape vine variety takes on natural, wholesome traits that evoke the respect for nature that the company pursues, and its dedication to the production of extremely high quality wine. Caeles Syrah floods the palate with the taste of nature and Sicilian land in every sip. It is a warm, richly alluring wine distinguished by its intense ruby red colour. The use of select endogenous yeasts in the winery demonstrates its strong link to this Sicilian land. It is an area which perfectly enhances all the characteristic qualities of this international vine variety—the most cultivated international vine in Sicily.
At the Baglio Sorìa Estate, Firriato has long since launched an important oenological project based on winemaking according to organic procedures. Caeles Syrah wine is a product of this. An organic and vegan red, obtained from grapes grown on the estate. This red grape vine variety takes on natural, wholesome traits that evoke the respect for nature that the company pursues, and its dedication to the production of extremely high quality wine. Caeles Syrah floods the palate with the taste of nature and Sicilian land in every sip.
- Appellation: IGT Terre Siciliane
- Vine: Syrah
- Terroir: hilly
- Soil: clayey-calcareous
- Exposure: south (250 mt. a.s.l)
The orography and the climate conditions at Baglio Sorìa have allowed the planting of the main international vine varieties next to native ones. Sunlight exposure in the Syrah vineyard allows Firriato to obtain a wine with a higher concentration of precursory aromas.
A culture of love and respect for nature
Grapes produced in the Firriato Estates are cultivated according to the strict guidelines for organic farming. Since its foundation, Firriato has focussed on respecting nature, the local area and the environment—one of the fundamental objectives in the production of quality local wines. In place of the herbicides generally used in non-organic vineyards, only natural agents and microorganisms are employed. The wild grasses play a particular protective role as they represent an important resource for the grapes’ survival. They enrich the soil with nutrients necessary for the maturation of the fruit as well as hosting insects useful in the attack of eventual parasites. Firriato uses this measure in its land dedicated to organic farming to protect the vines, ensuring a healthy and mature harvest, and above all to remain faithful to its organic farming project and the qualitative care of its new labels.
Organic: Wisdom and Sensitivity
The deep knowledge of biological life cycle of animals and plants and their interaction with the vine is the main milestone of Firriato’s production philosophy, which has been working according to organic certified standards from the foundation of the winery in 1984, in all its 380 ha covering 3 different Terroir.
An organic viticulture that has been officially certified in 2007, when the EU regulation of organic agriculture came into force, rewarding Firriato for its great remarkable commitment.
30-year-old commitment carried out by Firriato always respecting strict certified organic standards which rules not only include the obbligation to comply with specific technical requirements but also a deep knowledge of the agricultural ecosystem and all management aspects able to trigger positive synergies about vines biodiversity safeguard.
The characteristics of vintages
The 2020 vintage was generally affected by a variable climate trend compared to 2019, with temperatures above the seasonal average – in particular between the months of January and February – and a certain drought from May to late September. These conditions slightly anticipated the budding phase, reducing the process of development and growth of the foliar apparatus until flowering which, in the Trapani countryside, resulted in a slight lower yield.
Very complex in terms of weather, the heat and rain Fall 2014 resulted in the appearance of a significantly reduced spontaneous sward and characterized by the presence of species microthermal (those that adapt and grow at low temperatures). In late they turn out to be the most wild and cultivated plants seed. The start of winter was cold, with the strong reduction of sporigen due to the Spring 2015 greatly damp. This has lowered the microbial load start and a reduced ability of virulent pathogens in the early stages of their development (April).
It was an unforgettable vintage thanks largely to an almost uniform and very balanced climate, the spring was rightly rainy with cool summer which favoured ripening slow and gradual. There is talk of “a summer without Scirocco wind”, July is spent without excessive heat.
Fruiting vintage for quantity and quality production, we achieve “extremely interesting wines”. Grape harvest lasts until the last days of September because of the climate. 2013 vintage enables a slower grape picking and gradual ripeness: Grape harvest defer for 2 weeks.
Rating Biowein preis 2022: 91 points
Luigi Veronelli: 1 flower
International award for organic wine: 95 pts, Gold Medal
Luigi Veronelli: 1 flower
Falstaff: 90 pts
Aubergine Rolls with Sikanian Filling
Cut the aubergines in half lengthways, cutting into slices 1cm-1 ½cm thick. Spread the slices on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and brush them with olive oil. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 180°C. Remove from the oven and leave to rest.