Barone di Villagrande

The Nicolosi family settled on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily in the 18th century. They came as migrants armed with a mandate from the church to transform the region from a ‘horrid and uncultivated place to a delicious garden’. This the family set about doing, culminating in the 18 hectares of ‘delicious’ vineyards they tend today.

Current custodian of the family’s heritage is Carlo Nicolosi Asmundo, a retired professor of oenology at the University of Catania and a key player in the drafting of the regualtions for the Etna DOC in preparation for its ratification in 1968. Together with his son Marco, wife Valeria and daughter Carla, he oversees his vineyards and makes his wines with traditional values but modern methods, together with a keen commitment to sustainability.

Indigenous varieties nerello mascalese, nerello cappuccino and carricante are at the heart of production here, producing red and white wines that see some time in oak as well as the more traditional chestnut barrels before bottling.

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