Valdibella is a cooperative project, working with grapes from 10 growers in the Camporeale region of Sicily. They are all organic at the very least, though the Valdibella ethos pushes all their members towards a biodiverse and regenerative agriculture model, using no tillage in the vines where possible. This also means growing vines alongside olives, almonds, figs, pomegranates, etc, and close to natural areas, woodland, ponds, and fallow hedges thereby creating a more stable and balanced agro-ecosystem. The Grillo for this wine comes from three growers, the bulk which is from one of their vineyards with the most amount of lime in the soil.
The grapes are destemmed very gently to preserve mostly intact berries, and fermentation kicks off naturally in steel tanks. Fermentation typically lasts 8-14 days and the wine tends to be on skins for that whole time. Pumpovers are used instead of punchdowns for a more careful handling of the extraction. After pressing the wine is returned to steel where it stays for around 12 months. Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with no addition of sulphites.
Organic / Vegan Friendly
From 16 year old vines grown on mostly limestone and clay
13.5% / 75cl