Nestled in the southwestern part of Sicily, the Salaparuta Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) is a testament to the island's rich viticultural history and its ability to adapt and innovate. This region, with its distinct environment, offers a unique confluence of Mediterranean climate, varied soil compositions, and the influence of nearby sea breezes, which together create an optimal setting for vine cultivation.
Among the red grape varieties, the international heavyweights, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, find themselves comfortably at home here, adapting well to the Sicilian sun and soil. Yet, it's the indigenous Nero d’Avola that truly captures the essence of the region. Renowned for its bold flavors, robust body, and deep ruby hue, this grape variety is a testament to Sicily's wine heritage.
On the white wine front, the Salaparuta DOC showcases the harmonious blend of the local and the global. The Ansonica and Catarratto, traditional Sicilian grape varieties, bring forth wines with crisp acidity and aromatic profiles, evoking the scents and tastes of the Mediterranean. Meanwhile, the globally popular Chardonnay finds its unique Sicilian expression here, often presenting with nuanced notes not found in other parts of the world.
In Salaparuta DOC, the past meets the present, tradition mingles with innovation, and each bottle tells a story of the land, the climate, and the dedicated hands that crafted it.
The DOC Salaparuta is located in the west of the Sicilian wine region, 40 km south of Palermo. It covers an area dominated by hills.
The region is dominated by the Sicilian Mediterranean climate, but with a certain tendency to be dry. The average annual rainfall is usually 660 mm, more concentrated between winter and spring. The location of the vineyards in the hilly area also ensures that they are not affected by frost, thanks to the frequent presence of wind.
Although the region is dominated by clay-loam soils, there is also great diversity in composition, which affects the regional wines in different ways:
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nero d’Avola
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Ansonica, Catarratto, Chardonnay
In the picturesque region of Salaparuta DOC in Sicily, two exceptional wines take center stage - Salaparuta Bianco and Salaparuta Rosso.
Salaparuta Bianco, the white wine of the region, charms with its delightful blend of flavors. Crafted from a minimum of 60% Catarratto, it reveals a refreshing and crisp profile with citrus and floral notes. The blend is enriched with other authorized non-white grape varieties, adding complexity and depth to this delightful white wine. Salaparuta Bianco is the perfect companion for warm days and light meals, inviting wine enthusiasts to savor the essence of Sicily.
Meanwhile, Salaparuta Rosso exudes elegance and allure. A minimum of 65% Nero d'Avola, also known as Calabrese, forms the heart of this red wine. With its medium-bodied character and velvety tannins, Salaparuta Rosso presents a delightful symphony of ripe red fruit flavors and hints of herbal notes. Enriched with other authorized non-red grape varieties, the wine captivates the senses with its harmonious blend, making it a wonderful accompaniment to hearty dishes and social gatherings.
In the heart of Sicily, the wines of Salaparuta DOC embody the artistry of winemaking and the uniqueness of the terroir. Each glass reflects the dedication of vintners and the spirit of the land, inviting wine enthusiasts on an unforgettable journey through the flavors and traditions of this captivating corner of Italy.