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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 business. He set himself the goal of producing high quality wines with reference to the terroir. At first they experimented with different grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir. After a few experiments, the choice finally fell on the autochthonous Sicilian variety Nero d'Avola, which is grown with "Controspalliere" (pole training) in combination with Guyot training. There are about 3,600 vines per hectare, which are cultivated to a corresponding yield of about 1.2 to 1.5 kg per plant. Today, the vineyards cover about six hectares in the Salaparuta DOC area, which was reclassified in 2006.

The varietal DOC red wine "Bruchicello" from the Nero d'Avola variety was first marketed in 2001 (1999 vintage). The grape harvest is carried out exclusively by hand in small baskets, followed by the subsequent maceration for almost two weeks in stainless steel containers under temperature control. The wine matures for 12 months in 50% new French barriques and another 12 months in the bottle. The second wine created is the DOC white wine Salaparuta from the autochthonous Catarratto vine.

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