Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and blessed with consistent sunshine and moderate winter rainfall, ideally suited to wine growing. The key grape varieties used in Sicily are a combination of ‘native’ varieties such as Nero d’Avola and Catarratto along with newer more fashionable imports. Having languished for many years, Sicily has been transformed by investments from wine producers and by European aid. The latest trend is for the vibrant Nerello Mascalese wines of Mount Etna which are now seen on fashionable tables around the world.

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Firriato, a relative newcomer to wine making, is amongst the most exciting and innovative producers in Sicily today. The six estates produce wines using traditional Sicilian varietals, Negroamaro, Grillo, Catarratto and Nerello Mascalese. The differing climatic conditions create unique and distinguished wines from the Nerello Mascalese based Etna Rosso DOC to the smoky and spicy Nero d’Avola IGT “Chiaramonte”


The Tenimenti Montoni Estate is situated in the hinterland of Sicily in the commune of Cammarata near Agrigento. The estate was acquired by the Alfano family in the early 1970’s. In 2004 Gaetano Alfano decided to transform the grapes from his father’s estate thus creating a stronger brand which continues to grow in reputation.

Tombacco has been a family business for generations. It is the archetypal bottler and blender sourcing wines from all over the Veneto region and indeed most of Italy. Apart from the classic Veronese wines and excellent Pinot Grigio, owner Cristian Tombacco also sources a great Falanghina IGT Beneventano under the Piantaferro label.

“Character” is the password of Bruno Fina and his family. Fina’s wines are the results of a land that is loved and fought for, they have the taste of the passion and of that grapes that have been wisely turned into wine, thanks to the dedication of the work in the vineyard. They have the familiar warmth and the experience of who has always done wine and has always known how to narrate it. This is how you transmit the hereditary character of the territory and the harmony of the men that search for excellence on a daily basis.

The Cantine Sociale Birgi is located in the heart of a natural scenario of overbearing beauty. The land boasts a millenary winemaking tradition that has been taken up, enhanced, renewed and re-proposed by the Birgi Wine Cooperative, born in 1960 by the will of growers in love with their land and proud of their origins. 

The Sgarzi family has been growing vines for many generations and the current owner’s grandfather delivered wines to the inns of Bologna on horse-drawn carriages. From this artisan style winemaking heritage, the family has built an impressive modern winery which produces some of the best Italian wines in the world, exporting to over 80 countries.