A wine’s finest ingredient is the honesty of the man who produces it.
From “La montagna di fuoco” by Salvo Foti
The Bosco di Santo Pietro lies in the hills around Caltagirone, south of Mt. Etna. It is one of the vastest and most luxuriant green areas of the Calatino area. The landmark tree in the woods of Santo Pietro is the cork oak (Quercus Suber), used for the production of bottle stoppers for wine: Eastern Sicily is “naturally” suited for wine production.
Decades ago, the cork oak woods still covered an area of 30,000 hectares, but time and men reduced them drastically to no more than a few hundreds of hectares.
Here, too, the bush trained vine has found a home. The vines rooted in this deep red sandy soils — the color of the soil itself already makes this clear — produce grapes that give us intense red wines, sometimes strong, but always elegant.
Gianfranco Daino brought the vines back to this centuries-old cork oaks. The Nero d’Avola, the Frappato (here called Nero Capitano) and the Alicante (Grenache) are the varietals that he grows using traditional bush training.