Fresh, Fragrant, Organic
Caeles Grillo is a varietal wine made with Grillo grapes growing in the Borgo Guarini estate, within the Trapani countryside. An organic and vegan certified wine, very particular cru coming from mostly loamy soils, oleaginous at the touch. Caeles Grillo reflects the multifaceted Terroir of Borgo Guarini, expressing marked briny feature, straw yellow color and elegant acidity. The remarkable bouquet, of great personality, is due to aromatic intake of thiols releasing exotic fresh fragrances such as pink grapefruit and passion fruits, immediately disclosed in the wineglass together with notes of Mediterranean shrubland. A recognisable wine able to overcome all prejudices about possible flawes in organic wines.
Caeles Grillo is a varietal wine made with Grillo grapes growing in the Borgo Guarini estate, within the Trapani countryside. An organic and vegan certified wine, very particular cru coming from mostly loamy soils, oleaginous at the touch. Caeles Grillo reflects the multifaceted Terroir of Borgo Guarini, expressing marked briny feature, straw yellow color and elegant acidity.
- Appellation: Sicilia DOC
- Vine: Grillo
- Terroir: hilly
- Soil: Clayey soil, mostly loamy
- Exposure: south-west (250 mt. a.s.l.)
The clayey soils of Borgo Guarini have been selected by Firriato in order to grow Grillo grapes. Among these rows, the winery carry out green manuring practices which nourish soil with natural elements in order to improve soil pedoclimatic conditions
Loving nature to make authentic wines come to life
The grapes produced in all Firriato’s estates grow according to the firm organic agriculture procedural guidelines . Since its foundation, Firriato have been focusing its attention on respecting the nature, the territory and the environment, some of the main goals so as to produce quality wines. Firriato replaces chemical fertilisers , broadly used for no-organic vineyards, with natural treatments. Weeds protect vineyards, enrich soils by supplying essential nourishment to ripen grapes and hosting useful insects to prevent parasites attacks. Firriato is accostumed to use this practice in its organic vineyards in order to safeguard vines, ensuring healthy ripe harvests, and keeping coherence both to organic project and quality attention of 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 thermal measurements recorded during 2022 showed constant regularity thanks to a mild winter and the absence of frosts during the spring season. Winter rainfall made the soil softer and replenished water resources, while a summer season characterized by a sunny climate and low humidity levels prevented the spread of the main vine diseases, such as downy mildew and powdery mildew.
The 2021 vintage in the Trapani countryside was characterized by a rather regular climatic trend. The first months of the winter season recorded abundant rains in the Trapani countryside, ensuring a restoration of the water content in the soils, with a fairly cool spring and early summer.
In the Trapani countryside, 2020 grape harvest was generally affected by a variable climatic trend compared to 2019. Actually temperatures above the seasonal average – in particular between the months of January and February – and a certain drought from May to late September, influenced a lot of vine life cycle. These conditions slightly anticipated the budding phase, by reducing vine development and growth in the matter of foliage until flowering with a lower production yield (about 30%) – for white grape varieties in particular – in favor of quality: a of the best in recent years.
After a winter and a spring with abundant rainfall, summer did not make the thermometers soar and the sugar level was lower than in 2017. September recorded a slight increase in moisture and minimum temperatures compared to last year, but without ever causing particular phytosanitary problems. At the beginning of the third part of the same month there were copious rains (on the 21st and the 22nd) that slowed down the harvest, but fortunately without compromising the health of the grapes.
The Grillo vine succeds a lot in the Borgo Guarini Estate compared to the same vine growing in other parts of Sicily. The high quality of these Grillo grapes growing on the hill depends on the suitable climate and soil conditions belonging to the complex and particular characteriscics of the Borgo Guarini estate.
The summer season 2016 has been characterised by mild cimate, few rainfalls without excessive heat. After a winter characterised by few rainfalls, spring season began with cool temperatures lasted over flowering until the months of May and June when spring concluded with some rainfalls.These climatic conditions fostered a great vine life-cycle in the vineyard.
Rating Biowein preis 2022: 93 points
Bioweinpreis: 95 pts
International Award for Organic Wines : 88 pts
Paccheri with basil pesto with Caeles Grillo
Pulse basil and pine nuts in a food processor: Place the basil leaves and pine nuts into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a several times. Add the garlic and cheese: Add the garlic and Parmesan or Romano cheese and pulse several times more. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula.