Alberello trained (bush trained) vines are an average 20 years old, and have been planted with a southern exposure at 250 feet elevation, situated about one mile from the sea. To encourage aromatic depth and flavor complexity, grape yields are low: 3.75 tons/acre. In the spring, the vines are pruned to one bud per plant, and in June/July, a green harvest is performed to eliminate lesser grapes. Twenty days prior to harvest, the vines go through an additional cluster thinning, or a selection of the best grapes in the bunch.

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Harvest Note
The mild winter as always and the early spring kicked off the 2021 wine season in Sicily. The development of harmonious and balanced vegetation, the result of an attention to detail. Immediately after flowering, temperatures had risen rapidly since the month of June, regulated by constant winds that cool the vineyards and by significant temperature variations. The harvest began at the end of August without particular ripening advances. The grapes, the highest expression of quality, represent an excellent expression of variety and territory.
Tasting Note
Straw-yellow wine with brilliant highlights. To the nose it has a flowery and a fruited aroma that resembles pear and lemons. In the mouth it demonstrates a perfect balance of alcoholic content and freshness. The wine has an excellent, persistent finish and a pleasant aromatic aftertaste.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with seafood, delicately flavored first courses, white meats and grilled fish. This wine stands up well to spices, especially Asian.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Grillo
APPELLATION: Nero D'avola Sicilia DOP
PH: 3.31
ACIDITY: 6.5 g/l
ABV: 13%
AGING: Aged in stainless steel tanks
Unique Selling Points
  • Feudo Maccari’s vineyards have calcareous, lime-rich soils that are best suited for making wines with great minerality and freshness.
  • Wines like this that show high acidity are great compliments to most foods.
  • The vineyard’s close proximity to the sea, the hot temperatures driven by hot winds and the alberello vine training are all optimal growing conditions for Grillo, which has thrived here for millennia.

About the Grape

Grillo
This grape makes a wine straw-yellow and gold in color, with intriguing, intensely floral aromas and notes of citrus, peach, almonds and sweet grass. In the mouth, the wine is full, with rich, deep flavors, balance and freshness.
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