Every Italian wine importer should offer a portfolio with wines of Sicily. After all, this island of the boot tip of Italy was the mythological home of Dionysus (aka Bacchus), the ancient Greek god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theatre and religious ecstasy.
There is historic evidence of wine cultivation on Sicily’s Aeolian Island as early as 1,500 B.C., and Greeks introduced several varieties of grapes to Sicily in the 8th Century B.C.
The origins of viticulture in the Valle dell’Olmo estate, the vineyards of Castelucci Miano, date back to 1570, with vineyards that extended up to 1309 acres in the mid-1800s. Learning from that legacy – and preserving its best practices – combined with modern sustainable and organic farming to make modern Castelucci Miano wines the best example of the unique territory while preserving the remarkable history of the area’s viticulture.
Today, an alliance of 125 growers, cultivate a mere 295 acres of combined vineyards. This small cooperative has united to realize their common goal of sharing the extraordinary wines of their land with the world. Sitting at 1,600-3,200 feet above sea level, their vineyards are some of the highest in all of Europe.
Modern espalier vineyards stand alongside small plots of traditional bush style vineyards that are up to 40 years old. These roughly 2 acre plots combine bush vines into a natural mosaic that also includes fruit and olive trees.
Its stalwart dedication to the region’s winemaking history, pursuit of modern best practices, careful cultivation and, ultimately, hand selection of grapes, makes Castellucci Miano a natural fit for the Uva Imports portfolio.