Fattorie Romeo del Castello

Fattorie Romeo del Castello

Allegracore, Etna, Sicily Chiara Vigo 
14ha. under vine 
30,000 bottles produced per year 
Organic viticulture 

The Vigo family have lived in their house in Allegracore for over 100 years. They have 14 hectares of vines, but sell most of the grapes to the large local producer Benanti, in return for use of a small corner of the winery each year with which to make their own wines. The family’s vineyards were very nearly destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1981. Fortunately, the lava flow changed course, veering left into the river, before too much damage could be done. Astonishingly, some of the vines that were seemingly destroyed have now begun to grow up through the layer of new rock. Each vintage of Allegracore has a bottle decorated with a different heirloom wallpaper from the rooms of the family’s beautiful home.