Colour: straw yellow with evident green highlights.
Bouquet: fruity, aromatic.
Taste: rich, savory.


Fish dishes and white meats. It also goes well with semi-soft cheeses.


Varietal: Grillo 100%

Origin: Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo
Map Sheet 142

Exposure: West

Altitude: 350 m above sea level

Soil: Sandy-clay

Training system: Simple Guyot espalier

Density: 5,000 plants per hectare

Year of planting: 1996

Harvest: Mid-September

Yield: 45 hl/hectare

Vinification and ageing: Spontaneous fermentation on a pied de cuve of our grapes, without sulfur dioxide, at controlled temperature in cement vats.

Ageing: 12 months in vats and 4 months in bottles.

Capacity: 75 cl.

  • My thoughts
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This is a fresh, elegant wine, with a superior structure than that of the Don Pietro white in the Don Pietro range. We produce 7,000 bottles of it.

The wine is made from 100% Grillo grapes and the grapes used are different than those for the Don Pietro white Grillo.

These were the first Grillo grapes I planted, 350 meters above sea level, in an area of about two hectares. The first batch was harvested in the second half of August and the second batch in the first half of September, to obtain different levels of acidity and sugar.

The must from the second harvest is added to the first, which is already fermenting, so that the fermentation, at around 13°, lasts longer and acquires greater elegance.

When the long fermentation period is complete, after racking, it is left for one year on the clean lees, a process that allows it to acquire structure and finesse.

When someone asks me about the characteristics of this wine, I usually reply that should be drunk before expressing an opinion.

The Grillo is the quintessential grape for Marsala, in this instance produced in the hills, which is an interesting novelty, also because, thanks to its structure and finishing, it reveals a wine which lasts long and it surprises you for the given possibility to drink old vintages.

  • Wine Spectator magazine (October 31, 2014) - Grillo 2012 - 83 Points
  • Review by Monica Larner #, #212 (May 2014) - Grillo 2012 - Rating: 86
  • Wine Spectator 08-2013 - Grillo 2010 - Score: 88
  • Wine Enthusiast 03-2013 - Grillo 2011 - 86 Points