The territory speaks to us.
We listen to it.
We enhance the potential of our vineyards, interpreting the Marsala identity with originality.
Our vineyards are located mainly in 4 different municipalities: Marsala, Paceco, Trapani and Mazara. We therefore take into account the variability, both from the pedological and environmental point of view (altimetry and microclimate). The altitude range goes from a few meters above sea level to 450 m.s.l.m.
The area under vines to date is 611 Ha, of which 126 Ha are organic.
The main varieties are 92% white berried and the remaining red berried.
The cultivated vines are mainly indigenous as Grillo, Catarratto, Insolia, Grecanico, Frappato, Nero D’Avola while the allochthonous are mainly Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon. Among the forms of vine cultivation, the predominant one is guyot: it consists in leaving a spur with two buds and a fruit-bearing branch with a load of buds that varies according to the variety and fertility of the soil in question.
The production area is large and consequently the soils are very different: sandy, calcareous, clayey. The composition of the soil, together with the environmental and climatic conditions, directly affect the organoleptic characteristics of the wine, as well as interacting with the biological cycles of the vine.
The type of soil in the wine determines its sensorial profiles: the appearance, the color, certain aromas, certain flavors that have a direct link with the characteristics of the terroir. Sand, silt and clay are present in different percentages in the soil and confer distinctive agronomic and physical qualities.
It absorbs water and is able to retain organic substances, thus making the soil quite fertile. The grapes grown in clay-rich soils produce tannic wines, with intense colors, with a good chance of long maturation. They have a relevant structure, excellent aromas and softness.
It gives the soil significant draining properties. The wines produced from grapes grown in this type of soil are characterized by soft colors, are crystalline and have an evident freshness. They stand out on the nose for their clear elegance and fragrance.
It is particularly present in areas where floods or floods of water courses have occurred. The silt which has intermediate properties between sand and clay has the ability to absorb water and gradually leave it at the roots of the plants.
The soil is not only composed of clay, silt and sand, but also of other elements whose size interacts with the biological cycle of the vine. Soils rich in gravel, rock and marl, for example, guarantee good heat retention and reflect the sun’s rays upwards. These characteristics are therefore useful for varieties that tend to mature late, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, and favor the development of fruit and flower aromas.
Other important soil components are limestone and calcium carbonate. They determine intense, fine and elegant aromatic qualities, moderate acidity, and are not always suitable for wines with long aging times. The diversity of the composition of the soil – thus varying the presence of skeleton, clay, silt and sand – directly affects the organoleptic qualities of the wine, appearance, smell and taste. Soil is an integral and essential part of the terroir concept which, combined with all the other characteristics of the environment and climate, allows you to obtain unique and unrepeatable wines elsewhere.