Cabernet Sauvignon – like Chardonnay, whose cultivation was not permitted by the regional laws at that time – was implanted for the first time in Sicily on the Regaleali Estate in 1985. A sole vineyard, atop the San Francesco hill, with south-west exposure about 570 meters above sea level, on a terrain of medium texture formed by sand, silt and clay. Aged in new 225-litre barriques of Troncais and Allier for 18 months.
A key component of the classic Bordeaux blend, with several clonal sub-groups, this variety makes its Italian home mostly in the north. It's one of the noblest red wine grapes, and one that can be relied on to produce consistently good wines. The medium-dense clusters are conic-cylindrical in shape. The bluish-coloured berries are rounded, thick-skinned and covered in bloom. A variety that produces extremely elegant wines with high alcohol content, it adapts well to all sorts of different climatic and territorial conditions. The strong, woody stem helps its cold-weather resistance, while the thick, bloom-covered berry allows it to defend itself not only from the cold and damp, but also from heat and insect infestation.