Its name is linked to the family history. It is a tribute to Richard Wagner, who in 1881 completed the draft of the third act of Parsifal in the garden of Villa Tasca in Palermo, inspired by the swans living in the pond. A selection of Nero d'Avola cultivated on high hills and Cabernet Sauvignon are combined to express the potential of the Sicilian vines and the elegance and austerity of the international variety.
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.
Despite its long history, the Nero d'Avola grape has only become widely known and loved in recent years; now, this native Sicilian variety has reached great heights all over Italy and the world. Passion and dedication lie behind our red monovarietal, starting with the low yields in the vineyard which guarantee a high-quality vintage of notable concentration. By ageing it partly in wood and parly in steel vats, we can supplement the fresh fruity notes of a young wine with elegant spices and liquorice which bode very well for further maturing.