The Wine Trails of Sicily Through Culture and the Arts of Pleasure part III


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 The Wine Trails of Sicily Through Culture and the Arts of Pleasure  part III




Saline di MarsalaFollowing the curve, that from Capo Lilibeo, leads south on the shores of the Strait of Sicily, there  is the Route of the Lands of  Sicanians or Strade del Vino Terre Sicane, (Sicanians were one of three ancient peoples of Sicily present at the time of Phoenician and Greek colonization). 


Agrigento Greek temples copy 2This is the area of Agrigento, where, with the City of the  Valley of the Greek Temples, together with Selinunte can be considered the one of most extended archeological area in the world: here  the wine and food culture can be seen towing the economy of the area.

Very close to, in Gela a great Siceliot-Greek poet, Archestrato of Gela (IV century BC), Calamari ripieni VRC copywrote Hedypatheia” or “Gastronomy”, the first Poem of Gourmet. As a young poet Archestratus was disciple of the most famous Epicurus, becoming an Expert in the art of pleasure. In his poem Archestratus tells of his long journeys in search of the best food and the finest wines.


ArchesrtatoIt also deals with the bread, fish, the production and storage of wine and food. It focuses mainly on fish, indicating the best quality, the places of origin, the most famous species and the specific fishing seasons. The first gourmet book in the world. See alsohistory and Legends of Sicily from the kitchen to the cellar”




Luigi_Pirandello_1932Speaking of high cultural paths, in a hill facing the “abused” Valle dei Templi,  there is “Kaos” (Chaos) the house of Luigi Pirandello, the inventor of the modern theater, awarded in 1934 Nobel Prize for literature for his “bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage“.






Il Gattopardo - Film 1963Here the DOC areas  are : Santa Margherita di Belice, the summer residence of Il Gattopardo, translated  “The Leopardwritten by Tomasi di Lampedusa  published in 1958,  does anybody remember the movie of Luchino Visconti with  Burt Lancaster, Alain De Lon and Claudia Cardinale?




Menfi lore 066 copyJust few miles from Agrigento, Sambuca di Sicilia, Menfi  (nowadays one of the most active  “Slow food” presidium)  and Contessa Entellina. Beautiful beaches in this area such as: Eraclea Minoa, with its woods by the sand,  one and the UNESCO site: the white reef of “Scala dei Turchi”.




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 Last but not least, close to the cost, there are Sciacca, beautiful city and one of the capitals of canned sardines.   Ribera “the city of the Oranges”,  defined by its own name, with its  lush agricultural fields.


stock-photo-copyright-symbol-as-a-wax-seal-80699464The Wine Trails of Sicily Through Culture and the Arts of Pleasure

by Salvatore Cottone New York, July 2013

CottoneTranslation and editing by www.OnpointTranslation 

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Di Giovanna Rosato di nerelloGerbino Rosato di Nerello Mascalese

 TYPE: I.G.T. Sicilia

GRAPE VARIETAL: 100% Nerello Mascalese 

 ALCOHOL :13.5% Vol

PRODUCTION AREA: Contessa Entellina (AG)

VINEYARD: Miccina & Paradiso , Altitude: 350-450 meters

SOIL COMPOSITION: Limestone, Clay mix

BOUQUET: This unique Rose’ is made from the native Sicilian grape Nerello Mascalese known for it’s expressive, aromatics and spice taste. The Rosato di Nerello Mascalese has a brightly fuchsia color, very fragrant notes of violet and a slight smokiness, typical of the Nerello grape. It has a fresh and intense mineral back taste, bright acidity with a dry, and savory finish.

PAIRING: This wine pairs wonderfully with vegetable frittatas, grilled fish and pork. Suggested also to be drunk with spicy asian foods.

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Following in the footsteps of our Great Grandfather Cristoforo Ciaccio who planted the first vineyards in 1860 and aged his wines in the cellar of the old farmhouse Fiuminello, the Di Giovanna family has continued to cultivate its vineyards with unwavering dedication and pride for generations. In 1985, Aurelio Di Giovanna and his wife Barbara, initiated in-depth study of their terrains micro-climates and soils. Following, carefully cloning, and testing, they identified the vines best suited for each vineyard. Each property was delineated into 5 unique vineyard sites: Miccina, Gerbino, and Paradiso at 350-480 m above sea level in the village of Contessa Entellina (PA). The Fiuminello and San Giacomo vineyards flourish at 700-830 m above sea level in the mountains surrounding the town of Sambuca di Sicilia (AG).



Di Giovanni fam-K & AThe Di Giovanna family is committed to cultivate with organic methods  their vineyards, preserving their land and family tradition. All of their products are certified organic through “Suolo e Salute srl” “Soil and Health Corp.” since 1997.


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Planeta – La Segreta Bianco 2012

planeta_biancoLa Segreta Bianco – D.O.C. Sicilia
Grape varietiy 50% Grecanico, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier, 10% Fiano
Area of vineyard Menfi e Sambuca di Sicilia (Agrigento)
Vineyard Dispensa, Gurra and Ulmo
Winery Dispensa

La Segreta takes its name from the woods that surround our vineyard at Ulmo. This young fresh wine produced mainly from Grecanico grapes, introduced into Sicily more than 2,000 years ago, gains personality and style with the addition of international variety grapes. All the grapes are carefully cultivated in Planeta owned vineyards. La Segreta is a versatile companion for daily drinking and is also suitable for many different occasions. It is a perfect approach to Sicilian wine with its excellent relationship between quality and price, guaranteed by the Planeta family’s patient input from the vine to the wine.

Vinification Static settling of the must after soft pressing and  destemming, inoculation with selected yeasts when clear and  fermentation in stainless steel tanks until bottling takes place
Ageing potential To be enjoyed when young, its evolution can be
appreciated for the next 2 years
Tasting notes
Color A fine clear yellow with slight greenish reflections
Nose The impact is generous and exuberant. Aromas of wellbalanced citrus, pineapple and white peach
Palate Fresh and balanced, a successful balance between acidity,  fruitiness and volume which is never excessive. A full and  aromatic finish
Food matching Ideal companion for everyday drinking and for  Mediterranean cuisine; versatile in the kitchen, from aperitifs to fish
Planeta home-made dishes White and red arancine (rice balls),  fried calamari and prawns
Sicilian dishes White swordfish carpaccio, spaghetti with limpet,  spaghetti with pesto from Trapani, marinated anchovies, fried  white prawns
La Foresteria dishes Tagliatelle with bottarga and apricot jam,
lettuce and clam cold soup