Masseria del Feudo Il Giglio Nero d'Avola 2011
Nero d'Avola from Sicily, Italy
Giglio Nero d'Avola is a lovely wine. It has a strong personality and it's addressed to young wine lovers and to those who like quality wines without spending too much.
Pairs well with baked pasta dishes, grilled meats and medium-hard cheeses
Masseria del Feudo Winery
The Farm Masseria del Feudo was established from an entrepreneurial idea of two young people, Francesco and Carolina Cucurullo. After in-depth examinations and visits to wineries, they decide to set up a winery for the production of IGT quality wines, within rural buildings. The project is part of a wider plan of exploitation and verticalisation of four production lines: wine production, fruit-growing, olive oil-production, and zootechnics, which represent the activities of the family farm, reaching into a territory of 110 hectares, whose management, with the two young members of the family, is at the fourth generation. Together with vineyards, where different cultivars, both native and international, have been tested, among which Nero d’Avola, Syrah, Chardonnay, Inzolia and Grillo, there are also peaches cultivations with 13 varieties at different time and late maturation, processed by a calibration line, followed by packing and storage in fridges. There is also milk caws breeding with a nearby cheese factory for the transformation of milk into typical dairy products.
The wine-making line has been conceived as a wine-tourism structure, aiming at welcoming wine-operators, tourists, and consumers which have the opportunity to know more about the other two production lines and to find out all those ancient historical, cultural and food and wine traditions, linked to rural world.
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Sicily makes a lot of wine. From Marsala, the sweet, fortified wine of the region, to up-and-coming Nero d'Avola, this hot and hilly region is diverse. Sicily was at one time more quantity focused than quality, and while it's still producing a great deal of wine, the quality coming out is much better. With poor soil (great for grapes), warm sunshine, little rainfall and good mountain terrains, this little island is perfect for making the good stuff.
There are still delicious sweet wines coming from Sicily, including Marsala, Moscato di Pantelleria & Malvasia delle Lipari. But the reds are the wines making people stand up and notice. Nero d'Avola is demonstrating its potential for making deep reds with the ability to age. Some winemakers are taking a chance with international varieties, like Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. These grapes are sometimes blended with the Nero d'Avola or other native Italian varietals – adding a bit of international sophistication to regional charm.
A little ditty about Italy...
This country has about as many wines as its had governments. With 20 different regions, hundreds of DOCs and even more indigenous varieties, the amount of wine made in Italy is mind-boggling. Most of the juice, however, remains in the country for thirsty Italians. Wine is food in Italy and its rare that a meal is consumed without a glass
of vino. That said, it's not common to find many folks drinking wine without food either. In turn, it's a match, and a mighty good one at that. In fact, it's safe to say that Italian wine is a foodie wine – one that goes on the table for a myraid of meals.
For regions, the most popular are Tuscany (home of Chianti), Piedmont and the Tre-Venezie, which includes Veneto, Trentino Alto-Adige and Friuli. Other communes of note are in Southern Italy, and a few good wines are made elsewhere in the country. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily are members of the Italian winemaking community as well.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.