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Palermo

The "Azienda Agricola Palermo" is located near Salaparuta in the province of Trapani in the south of Sicily. It was founded in 1976 by Antonio Palermo. At that time, only a relatively small area was planted with vines. In 2002, his son Giovanni took over the company. He set himself the goal of producing high-quality wines with terroir reference. At first, they experimented with different grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. After some experiments, the choice finally fell on the autochthonous Sicilian Nero d'Avola variety, which is cultivated with "Controspalliere" (stake cultivation) in combination with Guyot cult ivation. There are about 3,600 vines per hectare, cultivated to a corresponding yield of about 1.2 to 1.5 kg per plant. Today, the vineyards cover about six hectares of vines in the Salaparuta DOC area, which has been newly classified since 2006.

The single-varietal DOC red wine "Bruchicello" from the Nero d'Avola variety was first marketed in 2001 (vintage 1999). The grapes are harvested exclusively by hand into small baskets, followed by maceration for just under two weeks in stainless steel vats under temperature control. The wine is aged for 12 months in 50% new French barriques and another 12 months in bottle. As a second wine, the DOC white wine Salaparuta was created from the autochthonous Catarratto grape.

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