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4 Producers To Know In Sicily

4 Producers To Know In Sicily

Keep an eye out for these four Sicilian producers the next time you’re shopping for wine.
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Sicily is known for its archaeological sites, picturesque beaches, and of course, an abundance of amazing wines. Throughout the region, wineries dot the countryside, producing a wide variety of wines. (Be sure to check out The Wine Route!) From crisp whites such as Grecanico and Carricante to delicious reds like Nero d’Avola and Frappato, there’s no shortage of wonderful wines produced in Italy’s southernmost region. Whether you’re searching for something special to pair with dinner or just want to taste your way through the amazing world of Sicilian wines, these four standout producers need to be on your radar. 

DONNAFUGATA

The Rallo Family | Photo Credit: Donnafugata

Donnafugata is a name that has come to be associated with some of the finest wines Sicily has to offer. The Rallo family, who have been in the wine business for over a century, are the owners of this world-renowned winery. Giacomo and Gabriella Rallo created the Donnafugata brand back in the 1980s. Today, their children José and Antonio have taken up leading roles in the Donnafugata enterprise and their grandchildren Ferdinando and Gabriella have also become part of it, appearing as adorable Bacchus figures in ads. Their wide range of wines made from both native Sicilian grapes such as Nero d’Avola or Catarratto as well as international varieties like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Merlot will please any palate.

PLANETA

The Planeta family | Photo Credit: Planeta

Recognized as one of Sicily’s top wineries, Planeta was founded by three siblings who were born into the Sicilian aristocracy and were inspired by their ancestors to embrace change. Since its inception in 1995, Planeta has not only developed an impressive portfolio but also pioneered new techniques that have changed the way wines are made on the island. They are responsible for introducing modern versions of Nero d’Avola while experimenting with other Mediterranean varieties such as Frappato and Grillo that have been reimagined with an emphasis on quality and typicity. 

PALMENTO COSTANZO

Mimmo and Valeria Costanzo | Photo Credit: Palmento Costanzo

Mimmo and Valeria Costanzo, a husband and wife team, started Palmento Costanzo with their first vintage in 2012. The couple is well known for their work in construction and renewable energy in Sicily, and it was their passion for the region and Mount Etna that motivated them to invest here. These days, there is quite a bit of interest in Etna’s viticulture scene, but the Costanzos are more than just investors – they are dedicated winemakers. 

The Costanzos have immersed themselves in the entire production process from start to finish, creating up to 30,000 bottles of handcrafted wines each year. Through this journey, they have come to see winemaking not as a hobby but rather a calling. Their goal is simple – to produce wines naturally, without compromising on quality or flavor.

BAGLIO DI PIANETTO

Photo Credit: Baglio di Pianetto Winery

Baglio di Pianetto Winery is a family-run winery that has been producing some of Sicily’s finest wines for over two decades. Founded by Conte Paolo Marzotto in 1999, the winery is committed to sustainable farming practices and has embraced an environmentally-friendly approach from the very beginning.

At Baglio di Pianetto, sustainability is at the heart of every decision. From organic farming practices to producing renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions, their commitment to caring for the environment is evident in their handcrafted wines. The Marzotto family takes great pride in their sustainable approach, resulting in premium wines that reflect their respect for Mother Nature.