Discover Sicily Wine Trio
Sicily is a wine-lover’s paradise, famous for its wide variety of indgenous grapes unique to the island, and it’s organic farming methods. For those new to Sicilian wine this trio is the perfect introduction. We have selected three from the most important grape varieties including a Grillo (white), Catarrato (Orange) and the most famous red grape, Nero D’Avola, produced by the cooperative Centopassi dedicated to the memory of Mafia victims.
COS Rami Bianco – a Sicilian orange wine macerated for 15 days, made from 50% Grecanico and 50% Inzolia certified organic with sweet aromas of apricots, dried flowers and orange peel with a deep golden colour. This wine is highly elegant on the palate and has been aged for 9 months in traditional terracotta amphora.
Produced by Cos Winery, which was founded in 1980 by three friends and expert winemakers.
Food Pairing: Pasta con le Sarde, couscous and all round aperitivo perfect with anchovies
Grillo Lumà, Cellaro – a Sicilian dry white wine produced by Cantine Cellaro. It sits with a straw yellow colour made from 100% Grillo grapes. This slightly tannic Grillo boasts a lively, fresh acidity, with floral hints and exotic fruit flavours.
The Grillo grape is an Indigenous grape of Sicily, after a soft pressing, strictly in reduction, the must is fermented at low temperature to enhance the aroma of this wine. Ageing occurs in stainless steel.
Sambuca di Sicilia, located 40 miles southwest of Palermo, has been producing wine for centuries, and Cantine Cellaro’s wines are an incomparable expression of the historical region.
Food Pairing: Excellent to serve with light dishes or fish dishes such as Pasta con le Sarde Spada con or Pesto di Mandorle e Menta, light risotto, cous cous and fish soup. Great with smoked fish and crab. Excellent aperitif.
Giato Rosso, Centopassi – a Sicilian red wine, a blend of Nero D’Avola 70% and Perricone 30% produced by the cooperative Centopassi. Under the banner of Libera Terra, Centopassi cultivates land and vineyards that have been confiscated from the Mafia. Centopassi is the viticultural soul of the social cooperatives.
Fermented in stainless steel and matured in steel vats for 5 months, this wine on the nose has intense notes of red fruits, such as blueberry, raspberry and black cherry with hints of balsamic and spicy notes of black pepper. It is earthy with vibrant acidity, a pleasant soft mouthfeel with well-integrated tannins and a long finish.
This wine is dedicated to the memory of Mafia victims and to those who actively demonstrate opposition to Sicilian criminal organisations through their work and on a daily basis. All of Centopassi vineyards are organically farmed and certified and are located in the Belice Corleonese, a site particularly suited to the production of high quality wines. The soils are rich in calcaire, and the vines are located high enough above sea level to keep them fresh and interesting. Yields are kept extremely low. Centopassi comprises of 94 hectares of confiscated Mafia land turned vineyards.
Food Pairing: A great accompaniment to salami, antipasti and caponata but also primi pasta dishes such as Pasta alle Sarde.
Serves: 6 x 125ml glasses
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place
COS Rami Bianco
12% Alcohol content
Grillo Lumà, Cellaro
12.5% Alcohol content
Nero D’Avola : 70%
13.5% Alcohol content