“When one speaks about the wines of eastern Sicily and especially the wines from the soils of Mount Etna, Sicily’s famous, majestic volcano, it is impossible to not mention the name Salvo Foti. A native of the city of Catania, Salvo studied enology and began his career in 1981 as a technical and agrarian advisor to some noted estates in eastern Sicily. He continues that work today for estates
such as Gulfi, Benanti and ViniBiondi, all of whose wines are universally recognized as among the best in Sicily. But it is still working with and for someone else. Salvo wanted his own project to really make a wine that sings.
I Vigneri is the culmination of more than 30 years experience in Eastern Sicily, of historic, social and technical research aimed at achieving “excellence” in wine growing and producing. We have sought to use non-invasive methods and systems, to respect local traditions and our own ancient grape varieties as far as possible, and to avoid the damage that over-reaching ambition and egoism can cause. Our work ethic lies in the pleasure of work well done, without frenzy, in harmony above all with ourselves, and with all that surrounds us: environment, nature, the volcano Etna, which is so much a part of us. I Vigneri is also a holistic system of grape growing and wine production which respects our environment.
There is nothing used in the vineyards except copper/sulfur mix. No fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides are used. 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.
Fruit for the 2017 Etna Bianco Superiore Caselle Vigna di Milo comes from the Contrada Caselle (in Milo) and represents 100% Carricante (of which 50% is from ancient pre-phylloxera vines). The wine is both fermented and aged briefly in oak.
The aromas are simply off the chart with everything from floral-lilac, salt marsh, crushed stone minerality, tropical citrus and hints of camphor. Mouth filling on the palate with creamy rich texture balanced by fresh yellow fruits. Restrained and harnessed energy finally released in the very long finish. Great cellaring potential, but a true joy to drink now. 12% alcohol.