The Eloro DOC, nestled on the southeastern coast of Sicily, stands as a testament to the rich winemaking heritage of the island. A region steeped in history, Eloro's terroir is a harmonious blend of sun-kissed Mediterranean climate, unique soil compositions, and the gentle embrace of the sea's breezes. These environmental factors converge, providing an ideal setting for grapevines to thrive and produce wines of remarkable character.
Amidst this stunning backdrop, three main grape varieties dominate the Eloro landscape. Frappato, with its delicate aromas and refreshing red berry flavors, offers wines that are light to medium-bodied, often showing floral notes that encapsulate the Mediterranean essence. Nero d’Avola, arguably Sicily’s most iconic red grape, brings depth and structure to the wines. Known for its full-bodied nature, robust tannins, and dark fruit profiles, it often serves as the backbone in many of Eloro's celebrated blends. Last but not least, Perricone, a lesser-known but equally vital variety, contributes rusticity and boldness, with hints of herbs and spices.
These grape varieties, each with its distinct personality, reflect the diversity and richness of the Eloro DOC's environment. Together, they weave a tapestry of flavors that capture the essence of Sicily, transporting wine enthusiasts to the sun-drenched shores and rolling hills of this magnificent region with every sip.
Eloro is a DOC located in the wine region of Sicily. It covers wines produced in the municipalities of Noto, Pachino, Portopalo di Capo Passero and Rosolini, all in the province of Syracuse, and Ispica, which is in the province of Ragusa.
Due to its coastal exposure, it receives a good amount of Mediterranean breezes, and both temperatures and humidity favor the cultivation of vines. It has annual rainfall between 300 and 400 mm, warm and dry summers, cool winters and a low temperature fluctuation between seasons.
The soil of the region has a pH between 5.5 and 6 and is rich in minerals. This last characteristic allows the production of more complex wines, with a subtle mineral note.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Frappato, Nero d’Avola, Perricone
In the sun-kissed vineyards of Delia Nivolellia DOC, two remarkable wines take center stage – the red and rosé wines, both embracing the essence of Sicilian winemaking heritage.
The red wines of Delia Nivolellia are a captivating blend of minimum 90% Frappato, Nero d’Avola (also known as Calabrese), and/or Perricone, complemented by other authorized grape varieties. Frappato lends its aromatic charm, infusing the wines with vibrant red berry flavors and floral notes. Nero d’Avola, Sicily's renowned grape, contributes depth and structure with its dark fruit and spicy nuances. Perricone adds an intriguing touch with its herbal and earthy characteristics. The result is a rich and harmonious red wine, characterized by its velvety texture and well-balanced complexity. These red wines of Delia Nivolellia effortlessly pair with hearty Mediterranean dishes and aged cheeses, inviting wine enthusiasts to savor the flavors of Sicily.
Equally captivating is the rosé wine of Delia Nivolellia, crafted from a minimum of 90% Frappato, Nero d’Avola, and/or Perricone, along with other authorized grape varieties. This rosé captivates with its delicate pink hue and tantalizing aromas of fresh red fruits and floral hints. On the palate, the wine delights with its refreshing acidity and lively fruit flavors. Perfect for warm summer days or as an aperitif, this rosé harmonizes beautifully with light appetizers, seafood, and salads.
In Delia Nivolellia DOC, the dedication to these exquisite red and rosé wines shines through in each bottle. The region's ideal climate, diverse terroir, and traditional winemaking practices all contribute to the wines' allure. As wine enthusiasts raise their glasses to savor the elegance of these wines, they immerse themselves in the allure of Sicily's cherished viticultural legacy.