Valdibella, Kerasos, Sicily, Italy
Valdibella is a cooperative mixed farm which, as well as being organic and promoting environmental biodiversity, through the 'Jonathan' project reaches out to help disadvantaged members of the community. They now produce wine, wheat and pasta, almonds and oil, vegetables and legumes, grown on hillsides around Camporeale, 35km southwest of Palermo.
'Kerasos' comes from the Greek word for cherry as this is the most distinctive flavour character of the grape this wine is made from, the Sicilian workhorse, Nero d’Avola.
The grapes are gently destemmed, fermentation commences naturally in stainless steel tanks and lasts between 8 and 14 days with the wine remaining on the skins the whole time with occasional pump overs. After pressing the wine is returned to the tanks for 10-11 months before bottling.
Producer - Valdibella
Country - Italy
Region - Sicily
Appellation - Camporeale
Variety / Blend - Nero d'Avola
Wine Style - Red Wine
Farming - Organic