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Alessandro Viola

Alcamo, Sicily

Alcamo is a coastal town in the North of Sicily that sits between Marsala to the West and Palermo to the East. It’s the kind of place you’d retire to, perhaps you’d also treat yourself to a linen suit and a ‘man from delmonte’ hat, but without the colonist fruit sellers approach now synonymous with the brand. Don’t be the man from the del monte….

Set back from the coast of Alcamo is Mount Bonifato, were Alessandro and his brother Aldo cultivate around 5 hectares of catarratto and a small parcel perricone. Varietals that perfectly lend themselves to the limestone and sand composite of the region. Along the valley of the mountain is another 7 hectares of grillo, nerello mascalese and nero d’avola. The saline humidity of the sea meeting the cool breeze of the forested mountain means that this corner of Sicily is well suited to cultivating vines.

Although Alessandro is certainly relaxed in his approach to winemaking, he was raised in winemaking traditions and is firmly rooted to his Sicilian past. His hand is deft, precise and intuitive. It’s a hard thing to create wines that seem firmly connected to the Mediterranean whilst also being free and easy in their approachability and enjoyment. These wines do both.

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