The history of Gurrieri borns from a family passion , in the scenery of Sicilian viticulture. Giovanni and Angela, born and raised with the agricultural and peasant passion of father Vincenzo and mother Graziella who have been producing grapes for fifty years, continue the family tradition and decide to produce grapes, wine and oil in Sicily, in Chiaramonte Gulfi, in the province of Ragusa. The dream of making a Sicilian wine, which represents the identity of the territory of birth, begins in 2010 with the first bottling.
We are in the countryside of the Iblei Mountains, in the fertile Val di Noto, in the area of Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the only Sicilian DOCG. After years of tradition and cultivation to produce wine and oil for family use, Giovanni starts a modern wine production from the 3.2 hectares of land in the Chiaramonte Gulfi and Mazzarrone countryside and, by rationalizing the areas most suited to the wine production of the district, rents 3 hectares in Chiaramonte Gulfi.
The family agricultural tradition becomes a niche business activity, to produce wines of great value, capable of respecting the land of origin and enhancing it through its best fruits. For each label, small quantities are produced: about 3000 bottles. This is how the Gurrieri “collection” was born. It becomes the reflection of the agricultural and rural vocation of the Ragusa area.
Nowadays the family works jointly to produce Sicilian DOCG and IGT wines, cultivates organically and enhances native grape varietis such as Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Grillo and an international grape variety, the Syrah, well adapted to Sicilian soil and climate. Dad Vincenzo, Don Vicè, to whom some wines are dedicated, continues his work in the vineyard as a tireless and passionate worker. Mom Graziella is involved in the administrative part of the company and takes care of the family. Her sons dedicate to her the Classic Method Sparkling Wine from Nero d’Avola and Frappato grapes vinified in white, which is called “Donna Grazia”.
The wines tell the unchanged beauty of the rural tradition in the uncontaminated nature of the Iblei Mountains. In the vineyards, grown organically and with respect for the land, the rows follow the slopes of a clayey reflections soil, a natural “paradise” for the vine and the white stone walls that enrich the landscape. Soils of calcareous origin give richness and complexity. The ventilated Mediterranean climate, here characterized by important temperature excursions, contributes to give the product strength, vigor, aromas and unique flavors.
The winery obtains from the cultivation of the fine native grapes Nero d’Avola and Frappato both the Nero d’Avola and the Frappato in purity, the Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico and the Donna Grazia (vinified in rosè and in white and made with the Classic Method).
Nero d’Avola, also known as Calabrese, is an ancient Sicilian grape variety which has always been cultivated in the rolling hills of the Iblei Mountains, in the province of Ragusa.
Frappato, a Vittoria area native grape variety, is grown with measured yields to offer particularly sweet and fine tannins. The Frappato vinified in purity gives a wine of great persuasiveness, with fruity aromas that offer the ideal complement to the greater strength of Nero d’Avola, increasing its complexity and making the Don Vicè and the Donna Grazia harmonious .
The Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the first and currently the only Sicilian DOCG wine, is a red wine with a strong and ancient tradition and owes its identity to the combination of the strength of Nero d’Avola and the kindness of Frappato that makes it a dry, full bodied, round, pleasantly fragrant and elegant wine.
The wines are born from the meticulous selection of grapes, grown without the use of chemical products, harvested by hand in two times to obtain the maximum result from different maturations, transported in small boxes to avoid mistreating the grapes, chilled, softly crushed and vinified (with long maceration for the reds) in tanks with temperature control systems.
After the malolactic conversion, the wine is decanted in wooden barrels or steel tanks where it matures; after bottling, there is a period of bottle aging, necessary to fully express the potential.
The Gurrieri wines delight the palate with their envelopment, their character and their harmony. Moreover, the flavor and the elegance distinguish them.