Sicilian White Wine – Alcamo DOC – 3 Sicilian Producers to Visit in 2020

Boats of Siciy - Trapani harbor

The Alcamo DOC Sicilian white wine is produced in the regions of Trapani and Palermo, on the northwest of the island.

While there a range of Alcamo DOC wines (below), I prefer the Alcamo DOC Bianco (white) and Alcamo DOC Rosso (red). In particular, Alcamo DOC Bianco is an excellent counterpoint to the northern Italian white wines, ASTI DOCG and Gavi DOCG, which are both from Piemonte in northwestern Italy.

Boats of Siciy - Trapani harbor
Enjoy a glass of Alcamo DOC white wine in Trapani – in northwestern Sicily

Alcamo DOC Bianco is pale straw-yellow color with greenish tones, intense aromas of peach, pineapple, apple, and has a dry finish. When you are shopping for your next bottle of Alcamo DOC, wine labels often include the word Classico.

Strade del Vino Alcamo DOC
Strade del Vino Alcamo DOC – one of several Sicilian wine governing bodies

Alcamo DOC, Sicilian white wine varieties

  • Alcamo DOC Rosso – ruby-red, with notes of balsamic, cassis, sweet spices and graphite minerality; it is tannic, sapid and mineral on the palate, with a fruity finish.
  • Alcamo DOC Rosé – pink in color; it displays fruity scents on the nose, with delicate notes of forest fruits; it is dry and fresh on the palate, with light mineral fragrances and low tannin.
  • Alcamo DOC White Spumante – straw-yellow with green tones, harmonious hints of fruit, white flowers, citrus notes, while being dry, citrusy, and balanced on the palate.
  • Alcamo DOC Spumante Rosé – pink color with notes of raspberry and currants; dry to semi-dry; intense, with a fruity aftertaste.
  • Alcamo DOC Bianco Vendemmia Tardiva – straw to golden yellow; persistent fragrance of apricots and citrus with an aromatic aftertaste.
  • Alcamo DOC Novello – ruby-red with violet hues; fruity, dry, mellow, harmonious and balanced on the palate.

Alcamo DOC Bianco is a fruity white wine with hints of peach, pineapple, apple and hawthorn.  Another variety of Alcamo is Rosso which includes a ruby red light wine with hints of balsamic and sweet spices.

This Sicilian white wine is the most popular white wine in the region. Since its registration as a DOC in 1972, Alcamo DOC has been lovingly referred to as bottle poetry. Click To Tweet

Be sure to enjoy your bottle of poetry as Sicilians do – with fresh fish or pasta.

I recommend an appetizer – antipasto rustico siciliano – followed by busiati al pesto trapanese.  Busiati are a corkscrew shaped pasta quite similar to fusilli, while Trapanese pesto is a fragrant sauce of fresh ground, basil, almonds, pecorino cheese, and finely diced tomatoes.

Palermo Panorama
Panorama of Palermo, in northwestern Sicily

Sicilian white wine producers, of Alcamo DOC

A few of my favorite Alcamo DOC wine producers include:

 

Cantina San Antonio

Cantina Sociale San Antonio Societa’ Cooperativa Agricola can be found in the heart of northwestern Sicily.

It has passionately been creating wine since 1970, and beautifully balances modern winemaking techniques with tradition techniques.

Their grapes are carefully grown on the surrounding hills, and they grow both native and international grapes. The vineyard is a must see as it is highly regarded.

Cantina San Antonio
C/da Bosco Falconeria, S.S. 113 Km 320,400 – Alcamo / Partinico, Italy
www.cantinasantantonio.it

 

Tenuta Rapitala

For 30 years, the Tenuta Rapitala has been cultivating variety of the Alcamo wines. The estate totals 225 hectares and is situated in an area that has been developing wines since the ancient times.

The golden hills of Tenuta Rapitala are the ideal spot to sip on Alcamo DOC wine and enjoy the scenery. #AlcamoDOC #TenutaRapitala Click To Tweet

Oak barrels are used in temperature controlled rooms which create wines with divine personalities.

The Palermitan family have run the vineyard with a passionate and adventurous spirit which create a unique blend to be experienced.

Tenuta Rapitala
Contrada Rapitalà, 90043 – Camporeale (PA), Italy
www.gruppoitalianovini.it/index.cfm/it/brand/tenuta-rapitala

 

Spadafora

This unique estate – Azienda Agricola Spadafora – harvests exclusive grapes which are cultivated.

Their process is so personal they hand pick their Sicilian white wine grapes early, typically starting a 6am. The grapes themselves are grow naturally, in accordance with a strict organic production method.

The family, Spadafora, is of noble origins dating all the way back to 1230. #AlcamoDOC #Spadafora #Sicilia #winetour Click To Tweet

Francesco and Claudia Spadafora have been running the vineyard since 1993 after falling in love with the creation of wine. Their first vintage was named after Francesco’s father – Don Pietro.

The vineyard is one to see in order to experience a bottle of wine created with a true love for the process.

Spadafora
Contrada Virzi’, Alcamo, TP 91011, Italy
www.spadafora.com/lavigna

 

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Gavi DOCG White Wine – the Civilized Choice from Piemonte

 

Gavi DOCG white wine was awarded its DOC status in 1973, and upgraded to DOCG in 1998. However, this short-sounding history hides the extensive cultivation of the Cortese grape, which Gavi is exclusively made from, that has been occurring in this area since the 1600’s.

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town of Gavi in Piemonte, Italy

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ASTI DOCG – the Sparkling White Wine that Personifies Piemonte, Italy

Asti DOCG wines of Piemonte

ASTI DOCG is a light, easy drinking sparkling white wine made from the Muscat varietal in the Piemonte region of northwestern Italy.

Not to be confused with Moscato d’ASTI DOCG, ASTI DOCG is less sweet, more sparkling, and slightly higher in alcohol content.

ASTI DOCG
Official symbol of ASTI DOCG Consorzio (regulatory body)

All ASTI DOCG wines are made using a method similar to the Charmat method as with Prosecco.

The grapes are destemmed and crushed and then sent to a stainless-steel tank to ferment, however the CO2 produced as a byproduct of fermentation is not allowed to escape the tank, and it dissolves into the wine, thus creating the beloved bubbles.

Italian sparkling wine, ASTI DOCG
Idyllic Piemonte – birthplace of ASTI DOCG

After the wine reaches 8-10% ABV, the fermentation is stopped by filtering out the yeast (leaving a slight sweetness behind), at which point the wine is bottled.

The ASTI Consorzio has been responsible for upholding the good name of ASTI wines since 1932, long before the DOCG designation was developed.

 

ASTI DOCG - countryside
Piemonte countryside

They have been responsible for a huge increase in production and distribution, from roughly 2 million bottles sold per year in the 1940’s to more than 80 million sold per year now.

A few of my favorite producers of ASTI DOCG include:

Cinzano

The Cinzano family has been producing ASTI since the mid-1800’s, although their roots in the region go even further back to a candy shop in Torino in 1757.

They were given an appointment to be the suppliers of ASTI, and later Vermouth, to the Royal Courts in Torino. After this success they did not rest on their laurels; they built on their business and became pioneers in advertising, collaborating with artists and actors for many years to create some of the most iconic ads of our time.

They are still producing ASTI DOCG today, continuing to delight wine drinkers worldwide with their fresh and delicious sparklers.

https://www.cinzano.com/int/en

 

Gancia

Carlos Gancia was born in Italy in 1829 but moved to Reims, in Champagne in 1848, where he learned the intricate details behind making Champagne.

He later moved back to Italy and started his own winery, now called Gancia, where he became the originator of the Italian Metodo Classico, and in 1865 created a wine called Spumante Italiano using Muscat grapes.

Thus he is considered the grandfather of Asti DOCG wines, and his wines today take great care to continue his legacy; fresh and vibrant, they are excellent examples of what Asti DOCG can be.

www.gancia.it/en

 

Tosti

Tosti is a 7th generation family owned business making Asti wines since 1820. They have cultivated long lasting relationships with passionate suppliers, 500 families across the region who watch over 650 hectares of land, with an average of only one hectare per supplier.

This close relationship gives them access to the crème de la crème of the Canelli region’s Muscat, allowing them to craft beautiful, terroir driven Asti DOCG wines.

https://www.tosti.it/en

 

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