This orange wine is made from the rare variety Catarratto Extra Lucido, a mutation with soft skins and a more delicate profile than its relative Catarratto. Two weeks of skin contact, 6 months in steel tanks, and bottled with no additions. It's a proper orange wine with colour and structure, and an incredible aromatic profile of ginger and apricots. Saline, bold, and surprising.
Grapes: Catarratto Extra Lucido
Place: Sicily, Italy
Valdibella is a cooperative of ten organic farms that was founded in 1998. They not only focus on growing native grape varietals, but also crops native to the region, including grains, almonds, figs and olives. They are based in Camporeale, south west of Palermo in Sicily.
Organically farmed alongside biodynamic methods, the vines see no chemical fertilisers and low to no added sulphites are used during production, depending on the cuvée. At Valdibella they have a deep commitment to preserving and strengthening the biodiversity of their surroundings and have always represented a strong community engagement, working to empower disadvantaged youth and to try to counteract the influence of the local mafia - they are proud members of the Addiopizzo anti-mafia movement, and display this logo on all of their packaging