Village: Randazzo and Castiglione di Sicilia Province: Sicily Established: 2007 Owners: Paolo Caciorgna Winemaker: Paolo Caciorgna Production: 12,000 Hectares under vine: 2 Viticulture: Traditional/Organic
Paolo Caciorgna is a renowned Italian Oenologist having worked in some of the greatest names in Tuscan viticulture. Along with consulting to many Italian wine producers he has his own label, Pietro Caciorgna named in dedication to his Father Pietro. Paolo acquired plots of ancient ungrafted vines in the Contrada Marchesa. The high altitude of the vineyards and volcanic soil meant they could withstand phylloxera that devastated 90% of vines across Europe in the late 19th century. The same conditions enable low inter- vention in the vineyard and Paolo only uses small amounts of copper and sulphur. The cultivation of vineyards, which are located between 700 and 800 meters, is entrusted to experienced people in the area. The land in this area is magical. The volcanic ash soil with traces of sand is rich in minerals, which gives the grapes aromatic finesse and silky, velvety tannins.