Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Sicily lies the Santa Margherita di Belice DOC, a denomination that captures the essence of the island's winemaking heritage. The area, blessed with a Mediterranean climate, boasts of sun-drenched days and cool maritime breezes that aid in the optimal ripening of grapes. The combination of unique soil composition and a favorable climate lays the foundation for producing wines with distinctive character and flavor profiles.
Central to the region's viticultural identity are its grape varieties. Among the red grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in these soils, resulting in wines with deep color, rich aroma, and pronounced tannins. The indigenous Nero d’Avola adds a touch of Sicilian authenticity with its bold fruit flavors and hints of spice. Sangiovese, another protagonist in the region, imparts wines with cherry notes and a balanced acidity, reflecting its Tuscan origins but with a unique Sicilian twist.
On the white front, Ansonica, also known as Inzolia, dominates with its floral and nutty characteristics. Catarratto, one of Sicily’s most abundant white varieties, contributes to the freshness and citrusy notes of the region's whites. Grecanico Dorato, often blended with other whites, offers a delightful mix of peach and aromatic herb undertones.
Together, these grape varieties paint a vivid picture of Santa Margherita di Belice DOC's terroir, allowing wine enthusiasts to experience the nuanced interplay between environment and enology, characteristic of this stunning Sicilian region.
The DOC Santa Margherita di Belice covers the vineyards cultivated in the municipalities of Santa Margherita di Belice and Montevago, in a hilly area located in the southwest of Sicily.
The climate in this region is markedly Mediterranean. Rainfall is especially concentrated between autumn and winter, while the climate is dry during the rest of the year.
The predominant soils of this DOC are regosols composed of clayey rocks and red Mediterranean soils.
Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d’Avola, Sangiovese
Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Ansonica, Catarratto, Grecanico Dorato
In the sun-kissed landscape of the Santa Margherita di Belice DOC in Sicily, two exceptional wines take center stage - Santa Margherita di Belice Bianco and Santa Margherita di Belice Rosso.
Santa Margherita di Belice Bianco enchants with its harmonious blend of flavors. Comprising 50-70% Catarratto Bianco Lucido and/or Grecanico Dorato, it captures the essence of Sicilian white grapes. The addition of 30-50% Ansonica elevates the wine's aromatic profile, revealing refreshing citrus and floral notes. A touch of other authorized white grapes adds complexity and finesse to this delightful white wine. Santa Margherita di Belice Bianco is a perfect companion for warm days and Mediterranean cuisine, inviting wine enthusiasts to savor the essence of Sicily in each sip.
Meanwhile, Santa Margherita di Belice Rosso exudes elegance and allure. Embracing 50-80% Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Sangiovese, it lays the foundation for a medium-bodied and sophisticated red wine. The addition of 20-50% Nero d'Avola, also known as Calabrese, enhances the wine's character with ripe red fruit flavors and subtle spice notes. Complemented by other authorized red grapes, Santa Margherita di Belice Rosso showcases the seamless integration of traditional and international grape varieties. This captivating red wine is an ideal accompaniment to hearty dishes and social gatherings, making it a true embodiment of Sicily's winemaking heritage.
In the heart of Sicily, the wines of Santa Margherita di Belice DOC embody the artistry of winemaking and the richness 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.