Note di Rosso IGP Terre Siciliane, Alessandro Viola 2020

Alessandro Viola


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The Viola family has always had a strong bond with their terroir, indigenous grapes and wine. Alessandro and Aldo's father was a winegrower and produced some wine for domestic consumption. Alessandro graduated in oenology and viticulture, and gained experience around the world before deciding to come back home and solely focus on the family’s land. The visceral love for his Sicilian roots makes him a fervent advocate for native varieties and catarratto in particular. This sensitive grape is especially well-suited to that corner of Sicily and it beautifully conveys a sense of place when put in the right hands.

Alessandro works in total 12ha split between Mount Bonifato (at 600-700 altitude) and inland valley scattered around Santa Ninfa and Pietrarenosa (at 250m altitude). Extremely respectful of his land he simply mows with disks in between rows and ploughs by hand around the vines – usually once or twice per season. Winter cover crops of fava and clover are planted for nitrogen fixing, soil texture and microbial life.

"The perfect Sicilian blend", as Alessandro says, juicy and thirst-quenching, typically Mediterranean with summer strawberries and liquorice roots flavours. The fruit-forward nero d'avola is planted in a valley inland near Santa Ninfa, while the rustic nerello and earthy perricone come from Alcamo. Grapes were totally destemmed, a week maceration followed by fermentation and ageing in stainless steel.

 Producer Alessandro Viola

Origin Alcamo, Trapani, Sicily, Italy

Grapes 40% Nero d’Avola, 40% Nerello Mascalese, 20% Perricone

Vintage 2020

Alcohol 13.5% ABV

Style Medium body natural red

Bottle size 750ml 

Winemaking Manual harvested, destemeed, macerated for 1 week,  fermented with indigenous yeast and aged stainless steel.  Unfiltred and unfined. Little SO2 added at bottling

Notes  Natural, Organic