"Alcamo is located halfway between Trapani and Palermo, on the north coast of the island, only a few kilometers inland from the gulf of Castellammare. Cool and humid sea breezes climb above town onto Mount Bonifato with its pine forest and nature reserve Bosco di Alcamo. It’s here that the best vineyards lie on limestone and sandy soils. These different factors explain, in part, why the DOC Alcamo was bianco-only until 1999.
The Viola family has always had a strong bond with their terroir, indigenous grapes and wine. Alessandro and Aldo's father was a winegrower and produced some wine for domestic consumption. The brothers, impregnated with this culture, followed their own personal path and went on separate winemaking journeys. Alessandro graduated in oenology and viticulture, and gained experience around the world (windsurfing as well winemaking!) before deciding to come back home and solely focus on the family’s land. The visceral love for his Sicilian roots makes him a fervent advocate for native varieties.
In the cellar white grapes are directly pressed whereas reds are fully destemmed – Alessandro is not a fan of semi-carbo as he likes to point out. Vinification and ageing occur in a mix of stainless steel, Marsala botti and French oak. [...] Alessandro likes to play with lees-stirring, a thoughtful and judicious batonnage (roughly once a month) that adds depth and layers to his wines. Sulphur is banned during vinification and only added at bottling in tiny quantities."-Vine Trail Imports
Awards and accolades
-Importer: Scuola di Vino
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