Ajello

Vines have been cultivated on the Ajello family's 125-hectare estate in the Val di Mazara, located below Trapani in Southwest part of the island, for three generations. The farm was already distinguished by the viti-cultural work that still prevails today, beginning with the planting of the first head-trained spur pruned vineyards and the construction of the winery. Sixty-eight hectares are occupied by vineyards which are divided between indigenous varieties Grillo, Insolia, Catarratto, and Nero d'Avola, and the new, international varieties: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. The altitude of 200 meters, the hilly position with south-eastern exposure, the clay-calcareous nature of the soil, the natural ventilation during the ripening phase and the high density of plants per hectare, all contribute to high quality grapes, which are picked exclusively by hand. The estate has recently enlisted the leading Italian oenologist Stefano Chioccioli.

"It was my grandfather, in 1860, who planted the first vines, and my father passed on the same passion that I, today, try to transmit to my own children. Our philosophy is simple: We leave nature to do most of the work, trying to capture in bottles the wealth, the vitality and the structure of the magnificent grapes that our vines produce, knowing that our role is merely that of guardian of these intrinsic qualities."
– Dottore Ajello

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