After working at the helm of Terre Nere as the oenologist beginning in 2008, Colagero Statella and his wife, Rita, decided to purchase a vineyard on Mount Etna in the Pettinociarelle district. Located in the commune of Castiglione di Sicilia, Pattinociarelle was once on the verge of extinction as a winegrowing region following World War II, when farmers abandoned their vineyards in droves in favor of higher production olive groves. There were a few holdouts of passionate winemakers who decided to stay due to the famed volcanic soils here, which yields powerful and finessed fruit while translating this unique terroir with a clear sense of place.
With a total of 1 hectare planted to north-facing vines, located at over 750 meters above sea level, Colagero and Rita decided to focus on sustainable, organic farming. As Calogero puts it, “The aim is to make wines of an extremely high quality that expresses the strong character of this area.” On Mount Etna, that means a focus on the noble grape of the mountain, Nerello Mascalese, which makes up 90% of their Etna Rosso blend.
Please join us as we welcome Famiglia Statella to our own Skurnik family and celebrate the special place that is Pettinociarelle.
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