Vino Lauria

Fontane Bianche Terre Siciliane – 2018

Region: italy - sicily

Vino Lauria

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.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Vineyard named Fontanebianche, where Catarratto grapes thrive.

  • Size of vineyard: 5 acres
  • Soils: Calcareous, somewhat poor soils
  • Elevation: 600 meters
  • Exposure: Northwest
  • Vine Training System: Espalier
  • Year vineyard planted: 2004, 2010
  • Certified Organic vineyards
Harvest Notes

2018 was a very hot vintage, but these higher altitude vineyards (600 meters) were not affected.

  • Harvested in September
  • Lower yields but excellent grape quality
  • Fermented at 55º F for 15 days
  • Aged 6 months in stainless steel tanks
Winemaker's Notes

In its name is the color of the white lands of which it grows, an alienated and wavy stretch of calcareous soil where the Catarratto vine thrives, amongst the most typical and mainly used in Sicily. To these grapes, a touch of Zibibbo is approached with intelligence and discretion to the Fontane Bianche wine. If the Catarratto, son of poor and calcareous soils leads to a subtle wine, with a slight hint of bitter almond, the touch of Zibibbo slightly sweetens it and makes it delicate. The result is fresh and light.

Technical Information
  • Catarratto 95%, Zibibbo 5% grapes
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Total Acidity: 5.8 g/l
  • Yield: 7 tons
  • Certified Organic

Reviews

90 Points

Musky dried apricots, pears, custard and dusty yellow florals lift up from the 2018 Alcamo Classico Fontane Bianche. This balances richness with refinement, as creamy textures soothe and ripe orchard fruits are lifted by notes notes of mint and white pepper. Young peach, nectarine and a salty twang of minerality linger long. The Fontane Bianche is a lively and spicy blend of 95% Catarratto and 5% Zibibbo.  2021 – 2024

Vinous, June, 2021

General Info

Country Italy
Region Sicily
Appellation(s) Terre Siciliane
Proprietors Vito Lauria
Founded 2005
Winemaker Vito Lauria
Annual Production 7,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Organic