Estate: The Caravaglio family has been cultivating grapes in the Aeolian islands, off the coast of Sicily, for over 500 years. Antonino “Nino” Caravaglio took over his family’s 2 hectare farm in 1989, with the goal of producing quality wines that respect the land. Over the years he was able to slowly acquire additional land; currently the estate consists of 20 hectares divided into about 30 plots, stretching across the islands of Salina and Lipari. Certified biological by the French organization, Nature et Progres since 1989 [long before most certifications existed], the estate has also been certified organic by Ecocert since 1994. Following in the footsteps of generations before him that respected the land as a source of life, he is “starting from an excellent raw material”. Respecting and preserving the land is an “ethical imperative”.
Philosophy: “These islands are a common heritage and agriculture too must do its part to protect its beauty and the integrity of the landscape, which has always been an agricultural landscape.”
Winemaking: All wines are made with minimal intervention and indigenous yeasts. Vines are 20-30 years in age, from 20 small parcels on the island of Salina, at 600-1200 feet in elevation, with sandy, volcanic soils. Aged on the lees for 3 months.
Tasting Notes: Gold in colour with aromas of white flowers, warm sand, sea spray, honey, grilled herbs, lemon and apricot. Silky nectarine, pear, lemon, honey, white flowers and a trace of nuttiness are wrapped in saline minerality, glossed with citrus acidity. Yellow apple, wisp of smoke and sea spray linger on the sleek finish. Lustrous, silky and pure.
90% Malvasia di Lipari, 10% indigenous varieties
Estate Bottled by Azienda Agricola Caravaglio Antonino
€18 [purchased in Italy]