For generations, the Tenuta Regaleali estate has been at the heart of the Tasca d'Almerita family's wine production. This green haven stretches over several hundred hectares through the Sicilian interior between Palermo and Caltanissetta, to the Sclafani Bagni hills where the heat so typical of this Mediterranean region is less intense. On land rising to 900m above sea level, the large diurnal range means fruit matures more slowly, and a greater range of grapes – many of which are indigenous – can be grown. There's a good selection of French varieties too, plus grapes from the Ionian and Aegean regions of Greece, from the Caucasus and from Spain which together make Tenuta Regaleali a triumphant example of diversification, environmental protection and biodiversity – of enlightened viticulture with its eye firmly on the demands of the future.
There are rare varieties, and varieties saved from the threat of extinction by the expert hands of Tasca d'Almerita's vineyard workers and of researchers from universities in Palermo and Milan, in projects which can last months or entire seasons, and which are repeated year after year until annual comparisons can be made. It's slow, painstaking work but here at Tasca d'Amerita we're really in no hurry.
400 hectares of vines
400 to 900 meters above sea level