Producer Profile

Abbazia San Giorgio

Battista Belvisi's journey in winemaking began at a young age on Pantelleria, where he learned traditional techniques from his father and grandfather. Despite studying agriculture in Palermo and meeting his wife Pina there, he returned to Pantelleria upon his father's encouragement, eschewing the typical exodus from the island. After honing his skills at Abraxas and collaborating with Gabrio Bini at Seragghia winery, he founded Abbazia San Giorgio in 2015. Belvisi's winemaking ethos centers on crafting natural, low-intervention wines reflective of his style and convictions. While eschewing formal organic or biodynamic certifications, he employs organic farming practices and integrates biodynamic techniques to accentuate the terroir's essence and the fruit's character in his wines.

Where The Wines Come From

Sicily

Natural wine production in Sicily, Italy, epitomizes the island's rich winemaking heritage and diverse terroir. Situated at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Sicily boasts a warm climate, volcanic soils, and cooling sea breezes, creating ideal conditions for viticulture. Indigenous grape varieties such as Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, and Catarratto thrive in this environment, producing wines that are bold, expressive, and full of character. Natural winemakers in Sicily embrace sustainable farming practices, nurturing their vineyards with care and respect for the land. In the cellar, they employ minimalist techniques, allowing the grapes to ferment spontaneously with native yeasts and minimal sulfur usage, resulting in wines that authentically express the terroir of Sicily. The resulting wines are vibrant, aromatic, and reflective of the island's diverse landscapes and cultural heritage. Whether enjoyed with traditional Sicilian cuisine or savored on their own, natural wines from Sicily offer a taste of the island's unique terroir and a glimpse into the future of sustainable viticulture.