An ancient variety, a cross betwen Moscato and Catarratto, for a wine with fine aromas and complexity. We try to play with different harvest times: one portion a bit early, to obtain freshness and minerality, and the remaining portion later, to give structure and body. The cricket (grillo) was used by the fairies as a horse, and existed in fairy tales “once upon a time,” and now in this wine, too.
This grape has been the lead player in the production of Marsala for morethan two centuries. Vertical-trellised or traditionally bush-trained ('a alberello'), it's a vigorous, high-yielding plant. Leaves are large, dark and five-lobed. Clusters are large, elongated and often winged, with big, fairly round greenberries which take on a golden hue as they ripen, and present orangey markswhere exposed to the sun.