This wine is a blend of the international Chardonnay grape (50%) with the Sicilian grape varieties Carricante (45%) and Albanello (5%). Gulfi is one of the few estates that grow Carricante in the southeast of the island. Gobelet pruning is recommended to optimize grape quality. The Chardonnay grapes for this wine are grown in the flat area of Chiaramonte. Located 400 metres above sea level, the vineyards experience large climatic variations between day and night which encourage the optimal development of aromas and also maintain a high acidity. Gulfi’s Valcanzjria reveals an apple flavour profile and ripe pineapple, onto which almond and honey aromas are grafted. The wine is not aged in barrels in order to let the purity of the three grape varietals shine.
Straw yellow colour with golden reflections, the wine reveals a bouquet of pineapple, apple and ripe melon aromas, as well as touches of honey and chamomile. On the palate, the wine shows its personality with a remarkable balance between the richness of the ripe fruit and saline matter.
Shellfish, fish, or vegetable risotto sprinkled with cheese.
Limestone with some clay
Non-irrigated, organic vineyards located at 400 metres altitude. Mild climate. Density of 8,300 vines per hectare. Manual harvesting
Manual September harvest. Vinified with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks. Aged in stainless steel tanks for eight 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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