With wine making in his family blood, Vito Lauria decided to attend the University of Udine in Friuli where he obtained a degree in Enology in 2003. After stepping off the campus he worked at a number wineries in northern Italy for a few years before returning to Sicily in 2005. Vito came home to open the old family winery in Alcamo, 30 miles west of Palermo.
Grapes / Soils
|Catarratto, Zibibbo||Planted 2000 – 2007|
Fontane Bianche, which name derived from the colour of the white calcareous lands where one of most typical in Sicily indigenous grape varieties thrives, is principally produced from Catarratto grapes. To these grapes, a touch of Zibibbo is added with intelligence and discretion to the Fontane Bianche wine.
- Size of vineyard: 5 acres
- Soil composition: Calcareous
- Training method: espalier
- Elevation: 1,968 feet
- Yield/acre: 7 tons
- Exposure: Northwest
- Year vineyard planted: 2004, 2010
- First vintage of this wine: 2010
• Harvest time: September
• Number bottles produced of this wine: 13,000
• Fermentation container: Stainless steel tanks
• Length of alcoholic fermentation: 15 days
• Fermentation temperature: 55°F
• Aging container: Steel tanks
• Size of aging container: 10,000
• Length of bottle aging: 2 months
The Catarratto, son of poor and calcareous soils leads to a subtle wine, with a slight hint of bitter almond and the touch of Zibibbo slightly sweetens it and makes it delicate. The result is fresh and light.
• Made from Catarratto, Zibibbo grapes.
• Vine age – planted 2000 – 2007.
• Fermented in stainless steel at 55°F.
• Aged in stainless steel and the bottle.
• Aged for 2 months in the bottle.
• Varietal composition: 95% Catarratto, 5% Zibibbo
• Alcohol: 12.5%
• pH level: 3.1
• Residual sugar: 2 g/L
• Acidity: 6 g/L
• Dry extract: 17 g/L
|Annual Production||7,000 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Organic|