The Tenuta Feudi del Pisciotto rises in the Val di Noto, within the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, in a rural area between Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina. The estate is comprised of 187 ha. in total, of which 43 are planted to vine, and it’s located on the edge of Sughereta di Niscemi Nature Reserve just steps from the sea: a very special microclimate gives birth to a wide range of top wines, from the high quality entry line, Baglio del Sole, to the top line, the Grandi Stilisti Collection, with labels designed by famous Italian fashion designers. The modern cellar merges with a magnificent 18th century baglio which hosts a charming Wine Relais for exclusive holidays dedicated to relaxation and wine tastings.
In the vineyards, native varieties such as Nero d'Avola and Frappato are protagonists, but also international varietals like Merlot, Cabernet and Pinot Noir (from which the grand vin of Feudi del Pisciotto was born) and two other vines unusual to Sicily, Semillon and Gewürztraminer, from which an exceptional Passito wine is produced. These international “intruders” demonstrate (as Tachis believed) that in Sicily it is possible to successfully cultivate any vine, given applied knowledge and attention to detail. This brave choice gave way to wines of incredible quality and success, as illustrated by the award-winning Nero d’Avola 2015 –Versace label, included in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list in 2017, therefore proclaiming it one of the 100 best wines in the world.
Feudi del Pisciotto winery has the capacity to produce about 1.5 million bottles but, to guarantee organic growth, it currently produces about 500,000 bottles divided between a high quality entry line, Baglio del Sole, which stands witness to the ability to make wines suitable for daily consumption where typicality and territory are not penalized by the price, and a high-end line, the Grandi Stilisti Collection, which includes L'Eterno, le Grand Vin of the winery.
The Grandi Stilisti Collection is an innovative product of design and social sensitivity established in 2007, a successful idea of Paolo Panerai whose aim was to celebrate two great Italian excellences: Wine and Fashion. The project gave birth to 10 wines with elegant labels designed by Versace, Missoni, Blumarine, Alberta Ferretti, Gianfranco Ferré, Brioni, Giambattista Valli and Carolina Marengo. The latest addition to the Collection is Alaziza whose label has been conceived by the French fashion designer Stephan Janson, based in Italy since his first collection launched in 1989. A dry, fruity, pleasant white wine that combines Viognier with a small percentage of Zibibbo, a typical Sicilian grape with peculiar aromatic notes. The whole Grandi Stilisti Collection contributes to an important fundraising project whose aim is to support Sicilian art and culture: the proceeds of sales are partly delineated to the restoration of works of art and ancient artifacts of the island’s heritage. The first masterpiece to be restored was L’Eterno by Giacomo Serpotta, a gifted artist of the seventeenth century, author of the eponymous triptych held in Palermo. Feudi del Pisciotto aptly named L’Eterno its flagship wine, a 100% Pinot Noir inspired by an idea of Giacomo Tachis who identified the amazing potential of this noble vine which has found in the Sicilian terroir a perfect expression.
Feudi del Pisciotto
by Alessandro Cellai
Alessandro Cellai is not only the head winemaker of the four DCC estates, but also the overall head of the company as managing director and general manager. Alessandro studied oenology at the Istituto Tecnico of Siena and chemistry at the University of Florence. He is also a doctor in agrarian studies honoris causa. When Paolo Panerai chose him for Castellare di Castellina he was 28 years old, with a great passion for viticulture and oenology passed down from his farming grandfather and his uncle Giuseppe, at that time parish priest at the Parrocchia della Piazza at Castellina in Chianti, which possessed an adjoining vineyard. He had gained experience at two Chianti estates and already acquired a great love of Pinot Noir, which he now grows not only on the DCC estates but also on his 1.5 hectare vineyard one kilometre from Castellare. Alessandro immediately agreed with the decision taken by the owners of the new Castellare winery – inaugurated just a year after his arrival – to follow tradition and a philosophy of not making wine with mixed blends of indigenous and international grape varieties. This is why the Castellare Chianti Classico is one of the very few wines not to take advantage of the new regulation that permits the mixing of Sangioveto with 20% French vines. Despite this, what emerges is a very drinkable soft Chianti. The decision to preserve the purity of the traditional wines has not prevented him from successfully producing four great wines using international varieties, including a single varietal merlot (Poggio ai Merli), cabernet sauvignon (Coniale), chardonnay (Canonico) and sauvignon blanc (Spartito). Nor has it prevented him from being chosen as heir by the great Giacomo Tachis, who has always preferred to soften and complete Sangioveto using French vines. By appointing him as his successor Tachis enabled him to benefit from his own experience, acquired through 50 years of harvests that led to the Renaissance of Italian oenology. Alessandro, who before the age of 40 was named best young winemaker for four years in a row in Canada and other countries, personally oversees exports to the major overseas markets, from the US to Russia, where he regularly travels every year.