Nestled in the sun-kissed terrains of Sicily, the Erice DOC offers a mesmerizing blend of history, terroir, and viticulture. This unique appellation, positioned at varying altitudes and affected by both coastal breezes and mountainous microclimates, becomes an exemplary playground for a myriad of grape varieties to flourish.
The red grapes of Erice DOC stand testament to the region's diverse influences. Nero d’Avola, locally known as Calabrese, is the island’s proud native, exuding robust flavors and deep color. Frappato brings a lighter, more aromatic touch, while the international icons – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah – have found a hospitable second home here, each acquiring a distinctive Sicilian nuance. Not to be overshadowed, Perricone thrives, adding complexity and age-worthiness to the wines.
The white varieties, on the other hand, mirror the sun and sea of Sicily. Ansonica and Grillo are reminiscent of the island's crisp sea breezes, while Catarratto, one of Sicily's oldest grapes, offers depth and structure. The presence of international varietals like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc demonstrates the region's adaptability, whereas Grecanico Dorato and Müller-Thurgau surprise with their refreshing profiles. Zibibbo, with its aromatic allure, completes this captivating mosaic.
In Erice DOC, it's not merely about the grapes but the alchemy between them and their environment, producing wines that are as evocative as they are expressive.
The DOC Erice is located in the wine region of Sicily, Italy. This appellation covers the municipalities of Buseto Palizzolo, Erice, Valderice, Custonaci, Castellammare del Golfo, Paceco and Trapani, all within the province of Trapani.
In this region, the climate is insular Mediterranean. Winters are usually cool and rainy, concentrating most of the region's 600 mm of annual rainfall, while summers are rather dry and hot.
In this region the soil was formed from calcareous and clayey rocks. For this reason, it tends to have a medium texture, with a certain tendency to clayey.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Frappato, Merlot, Nero d’Avola (Calabrese), Perricone, Syrah
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Ansonica, Catarratto, Chardonnay, Grecanico Dorato, Grillo, Müller-Thurgau, Sauvignon Blanc, Zibibbo
Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Sicily, the Erice DOC region showcases its most common red and white wines, each capturing the essence of this enchanting terroir.
For the red wines, Nero d'Avola takes center stage, constituting a minimum of 60% of the composition. This indigenous grape variety offers a symphony of flavors, enthralling the palate with luscious dark berries, subtle spices, and velvety tannins. The addition of other authorized red grape varieties imparts depth and complexity, resulting in a wine of robust character and balanced elegance. Erice's red wines are a delightful accompaniment to hearty Italian dishes, grilled meats, and aged cheeses, encapsulating the region's viticultural prowess and winemaking heritage.
Conversely, the white wines of Erice embrace Catarratto as their primary star, comprising a minimum of 60% of the blend. Catarratto displays bright acidity and delightful citrus notes, intermingling with gentle floral nuances. The presence of other authorized white grape varieties adds layers of complexity, bestowing upon the wine a crisp and refreshing nature. Erice's white wines are perfect for warm afternoons, seafood feasts, and light Mediterranean fare, showcasing the region's finesse in crafting exceptional white wines.
In the Erice DOC, the dedication to these indigenous grape varieties reveals a commitment to preserving Sicily's rich viticultural heritage. Through centuries of expertise, vintners artfully blend tradition with innovation, producing wines that reflect the region's diverse soils and climatic influences. Whether indulging in the captivating reds or savoring the vibrant whites, Erice wines invite wine enthusiasts on a sensory journey through Sicily's treasured wine culture.