Salvo Foti I "Vigneri Vigna di Milo" Carricante Bianco 2017
🧑🤝🧑 Pair with: grilled salmon, roasted chicken, seared scallops, creamy pastas
🌱 Farming: Practicing Organic
🥶 Serve: Cold
🍇 Grape Variety: Carricante
🌎 Region: Sicily, IT
🤓 Geek Out: For the "Vigneri Vigna di Milo," the carricante grapes were direct pressed and left to settle for 30 hours. Fermentation occurs naturally in large 2000 liter barrels and lasts 15 - 20 days. Aged for one year in 2000 litter barrels.
Salvo Foti's love of the Etna DOC's terroir inspired him to start I Vigneri, an association of the regions expert growers and winemakers. The motivation to strengthen the bond between vigneron community was from a group of growers, Maestranzi dei Vigneri, who put Etna on the map back in 1435!
The breathtaking Salvo Foti estate has some vines dating back 100 years. These rehabilitated centenarian vines are located on the north side of Sicily's active volcano, Mt. Etna, where the vines are planted in volcanic stone and sand soils as high as 3,900 feet above the Mediterranean Sea. Salvo considers the alberello (goblet) training system the only way to work these ancient vines in this unique terroir. The climate here resembles more of Northern Italy's than it does Sicily's, with cold harsh winters, hot dry summers, and extreme fluctuations between day and night time temperatures.
The grapes are harvested by hand at the end of September until mid-october. Fermentations are done in open oak vats, without enzymes or thermal control (the nights by this time of year are quite cold). There is very little sulfur used on the grapes or must if at all. Racking and bottling are done under lunar cycle. The wines are bottled with little or no filtration.
Since its incarnation, each member of the I Vigneri association who works in the vineyards here and at other nearby estates where Salvo is involved receive a quota of the grapes they pick at the other estates to make a wine in common for their own consumption. Starting in 2005 and 2006, with the workers permission, Salvo bottled some to sell.