A wine’s finest ingredient is the honesty of the man who produces it.
From “La montagna di fuoco” by Salvo Foti
Vinudilice is a rosè wine from the Bosco vineyard, nestled in a vast forest of holly oaks (quercus ilex) in the territory of Bronte (Etna North), 1300m above sea level. The Sicilian name of the holly oak, ilice, gives it its name.
As far as we know, Vigna Bosco is the highest vineyard in Europe.
The indigenous grape varietals are Alicante, Grecanico, Minnella and other minor varietals. The 0.35 hectare vineyard is more than a century old and is planted according to the Etnean alberello (bush-training) system in a 1m x 1m scheme, equivalent to 10,000 vines per hectare. It is cultivated by hand and with the help of Ciccio the mule. No refrigeration, yeasts or filtration are used in the wine making process. Decanting and bottling follow the phases of the moon.
IGT Sicilia Rosè
Vigna Bosco, Bronte (Northern Etna)
Bush trained, 10.000 plants per hectare
Up to 200 years
1.300 m asl
In wooden tubs on wild yeasts without refrigeration and filtration.
1.100 (2009 vintage)