I VIGNERI DI SALVO FOTI, project on Etna and in eastern Sicily named after a Vintner’s Guild called the Maestranza dei Vigneri founded there in 1435. I Vigneri is now the name of a company of winegrowers and producers organized and led by Salvo Foti, using traditional methods (eg. bush vines) and environmentally respectful practices.
SALVO FOTI / Salvo Foti was born in 1962 in Catania. Aged three, Salvo’s father moved him to Switzerland, but he returned aged 6 and studied in Catania. He became an oenologist, consulting to Benanti until 2011.
ORGANIC CERTIFICATION / 2004 First vintage with full organic certification
WINERY Building a new winery in Milo (?). WINEMAKING The harvest almost always takes place after mid-October.
VINUDILUCE ROSATO BRUT SPUMANTE NV
VIGNA AURORA Carricante. 2014 90% Carricante, 10% Minella. Creamy, nice weight, very good acidity at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
VIGNA DI MILO / Carricante. / 2014 Lovely vibrancy, good weight at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
VINUJANCU Carricante, Riesling (ungrafted), Grecanico and Minnella planted in 2005 in the Nave vineyard in Bronte, on Etna’s north face at 1,200 metres (4,000 feet). 0.4 hectares (0.9 acres). Alberello. Vine spacing of 1m x 1m = 10,000 vines per hectare (4,050 vines per acre). 2009 No chilling, fining or filtration. Wonderful vibrancy and texture, wild herbal notes at the Natural Wine Fair, Borough Market 15-17 May 2011.
VINUDILICE ROSATO / This comes from the 0.35 hectare Bosco vineyard, bosco referring to a forest of holm oaks in the territory of Bronte (Etna North), 1,300 metres (4,265 feet) above sea level. Vigna Bosco is one of the highest vineyards in Europe. The Sicilian term for the ilice or holm oak gives it its name.
Red wines went through an uneven phase around 2013-2014 (maybe because a new winery was being built at this time).
VINUPETRA ROSSO / From 0.5 hectares (1.23 acres) of very old vines in Calderara in the contrada Feudo di Mezzo in Castiglione di Sicilia (Etna Nord, north face of Etna). 700 metres (2,296 feet). Passopisciaro zone. The vines are Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, l’Alicante and Francisi. Alberello. 1m x 1m = 10,000 vines per hectare (4,048 vines per acre). / 2007 Incredible depth and freshness, menthol in the background, amazing wine at the Natural Wine Fair, Borough Market 15-17 May 2011. / 2012 Alicante (Grenache Noir), Nerello Mascalese, and Nerello Capuccio. Lovely forceful red with some H2S at the end at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
I VIGNERI ROSSO / From Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio in Randazzo. 700-750 metres (2,297-2,460 feet). Grapes are farmed by I Vigneri but owned by growers. / 2008 Sherry-like nose, but what depth and freshness on the palate at the Natural Wine Fair, Borough Market 15-17 May 2011. / 2015 90% Nerello Mascalese. 10% Nerello Capuccio. Palmento–foot trodden. Very nice fruit, bright and sappy at the Real Wine Fair in Tobacco Dock 17-18th April 2016.
I Vigneri di Salvo Foti, L.go Signore Pietà, 17 / I-95036 Randazzo (CT = Catania), Sicilia, Italy / Tel+39 0933.982942 / www.ivigneri.it