This wine is blend of Carricante (95%) and Albanello, two indigenous white grape varietals that have been grown in Sicily for centuries. The Carricante grape is abundant in the Etna area, with high yields, but few winegrowers cultivate this grape on the southeastern tip of the island. In addition to the location, Gulfi is one of the few estates that uses gobelet pruning to really maximize the full quality potential of this grape. Located 400 metres above sea level, the Campo vineyard experiences great climatic variations between day and night which promote the optimal development of aromas and contribute to a high acidity level. Fresh, mineral and fruity, Gulfi’s Carjcanti proffers a beautiful concentration of matter and impeccable balance.
Straw yellow color with greenish reflections, a refined and complex bouquet of currants, capers, lime and melon on the nose. On the palate, the wine reveals its personality with a remarkable balance between apple, anise, a saline presence and tanginess.
Molluscs, fish, or vegetable risotto sprinkled with cheese
Limestone with some clay
Non-irrigated, organic vineyard located 400 metres above sea level. Mild climate. Vines grafted onto a high-performing 41 / b rootstock (excellent performance on Etna) at a density of 9,000 vines per hectare. Manual harvesting.
September manual harvest. Vinified with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Aging in French oak casks and barrels (225 and 500 litres) for a minimum of 12 months.
The Gulfi family’s philosophy is based on conservation and respect for nature. They maintain their forefathers’ high standards to preserve the ecosystem and natural balance in their vineyards. On these ancestral lands nature dictates the pace in both the vineyard and in the winery. The estate is certified organic and practices non-interventionist winemaking. The majority of the vineyards are located in south-eastern Sicily and the best vineyards consist of Gobeletpruned bush vines. An organic approach produces the best wines and is essential to obtain a viticulture that is in synergy with the environment, according to the owner, Vito Catania. Voted Best Italian Winery of 2012, Gulfi makes exceptional wines that must be added to one’s collection.
Famous for its architecture and cultural history, Val di Noto became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. When it comes to viticulture, this area has some of Sicily’s finest and most famous vineyards. The area has many different landscapes and a wide variety of microclimates, but the triangle formed by the towns of Ragusa, Noto and Eloro combine the key factors for high quality wine production. The Nero d'Avola grape flourishes here like nowhere else in Sicily. This is where the greatest wines of this grape variety, which owes its name to the town of Avola, are made. The southern tip of the island is actually farther south than Tunis! Because of the hot winds that regularly roam the vineyards and the quasi-absence of rain during the summer the risk of mould is low, setting the ideal conditions for organic viticulture.
The wines of Val di Noto, on the south eastern tip of Sicily, have enjoyed a mounting popularity in the last couple of decades. In this region soils vary greatly from one area to another. Soil composition in some parcels is closer to that of the vineyards of Etna, with a rich concentration of volcanic tuff. Other parcels further south have a chalky or even sandy clay soil. The hilly landscapes also play an important role in the development of the grapes and their flavours.
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