Rinazzu is our new exciting project with Salvo Foti. The name “rinazzu” is a local word for the rain that is seeded by volcano ash. The label depicts Mt Etna (the famous volcano of sicily) with its smoke becoming a grape bunch.
With a single mind, Salvo made it his mission to preserve the great Alberello (“little tree”) trained vines of Etna – trained up on stakes (Salvo favors chestnut posts), as in ancient Greece, and planted on stone terraces. The Romans taught the Siciliani to plant these stakes in a pattern of 5 called a Quincunx. Salvo has also been a big promoter of the old wineries called Palmento; these gravity-fed stone structures were outlawed for winemaking by the EU but winemakers like Salvo are keeping this ancient tradition alive. Salvo isn’t just an academic preservationist. He has been making wines under his own label and consulting with the top wineries of Etna for years, in many instances being the founding winemaker. He is now recognized for the fabulous quality and natural expression of the wines he produces.
Farming practices: organic. The vineyard is cultivated by hand and with natural products. Cultivation and vinification are carried out according to the lunar phases.