The dynamic Vesco family took over the winery 10 years ago and have since revolutionised the viticultural practices and invested heavily in cutting edge technology for the winery and bottling line. Their hundred hectares of organic vineyards are located high up in the hills above Alcamo. The wines are all certified organic and planted on south-east facing slopes on sandy soils 150 – 300m above sea level. The climate is clearly suited for producing the best quality grapes.
The vineyards in three main sites: Alcamo for Catarratto and Nero d’Avola; Marsala for Grillo and Pantelleria for the Zibbibo which that produces their delightful Passito di Pantelleria. The grapes tend to be picked earlier in the year than many of their neighbours which produces their customary bright, fresh style of wine.
The results are evident in the fragrant, crisp Catarratto and perfumed, fresh Nero d’Avola. These wines are a million miles from the overripe styles made by many of their peers. Night harvesting and modern temperature controlled fermentations result in bright, fresh, modern wines.
A baglio is a a courtyard at the centre of a walled, fortified estate, typical of rural Sicily. A seemingly simple word to us Anglophones, its meaning opens up the richness and complexity of Sicilian history and culture: Spanish and Arabic influences, the wealth generated by agriculture and trading across the Mediterranean as well as the ever-present banditry forced by the grinding poverty of the mezzadria system.
The Baglio Rosso is 100% Nero d’Avola from certified organic vineyards. Short maceration of a week of whole bunch (40%) and destemmed (60%) grapes. Wild yeast, no sulphur, no fining, no filtration. Deeply coloured with intense aromas of black cherries and blueberries, pure cocoa powder and spices. This is full and lushly textured with a toothsome salinity on the finish. Delicious freshness and drinkability.