Terre Siciliane Catarratto Macerato 2021

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The idea of a "wine of place" can be so abstract. But on an island in the Mediterranean, miles from any other part of the world, what you’re left with is what’s uniquely there. It’s expressed in this Macerato, whose deep tannins, waxy, slightly oxidative nose, and briny stonefruit all paint a vivid picture. The picture of island life in Marsala, Sicily. Wines like these helped me to understand that a "wine of place" is not about the country it's from or the name of a famous village, but of the actual place—the geology, the flora, the fauna, the invertebrates, the elevation, the weather, the groundwater, the soil, the fungi, and the people: these are what make a wine of place, a wine of place. —Billy Smith



  • 12%


  • 2021


  • Orange

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Sicily, Italy

The Producer

About Fabio Ferracane

I’m not new to wine. My father inherited 3 hectares of vineyard from my grandfather and in the 90s he gave most of the grapes to other wineries in the Marsala area. Wine production was limited to family consumption. My first memories in the cellar are from when I was 15 and helped my father in the production of those few bottles. After a couple of years I decided to study oenology and viticulture, gaining experience in a few wineries, some of which abroad. At university I’ve been taught that wine is a biochemical process, but soon I realised that I saw wine in a different manner. The winemaker staying in his cellar – adjusting the wine, modifying it, assembling it, often tasting it and deciding whether or not to improve it – that’s just not me! It was thanks to my oenology studies that I realised that true wine is not chemistry but territory. I am a winemaker: the one that works in the vineyard, raising and arranging it. I select the best grapes because, thanks to my studies, I’m very familiar with the chemistry of fermentation and when I taste the grapes I know when will be the best time for harvesting.
And then I take the grapes to the cellar and vinify them, as naturally as possible. I produce wine that is the maximum expression of the territory in which I live. - Fabio Ferracane

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