Schietto Cabernet Sauvignon

Schietto Cabernet Sauvignon

Colour: purple-red.
Bouquet: intense, fruity and distinct.
Taste: full, round. Soft and well presented tannins.


Roast meat and cheese.


Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%

Origin: Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo
Map Sheet 142

Exposure: North-West

Altitude: 300 m above sea level

Soil: Sandy-clay

Training system: Simple Guyot espalier

Density: 5,000 plants per hectare

Year of planting: 1990

Harvest: Mid-September

Yield: 40 hl/hectare

Vinification and ageing: Spontaneous fermentation on a pied de cuve of our grapes, without sulfur dioxide, in cement vats. Up to 20 days of temperature controlled maceration.

Ageing: 1 year in barrel and 18 months in bottles.

Capacity: 75 cl. - 150 cl.

  • My thoughts
  • Prizes

I have always given great importance to Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, and this bottle was created only after careful selection. It is part of the Schietto range, which are single varietals, so it is 100% Cabernet. We produce 12,000 bottles of it.

The first bottle was produced in 1997, after a period spent in France during the harvest.

I met someone at the Vinexpo in Bordeaux, who later became a dear friend, to whom I volunteered my services so I could have an experience of the harvest: I still remember, to my initial surprise, that I was immediately invited to the following harvest and, what is more, as a guest in his house. I thanked him and pointed out that I would only go on the condition of actively participating in the wine making. He answered just with a smile, so since my harvest was suspended in September due to excessive rain, I set off and suddenly found myself on the concrete tanks, lying with a tube in my hand pumping the wine over the cap.

Between one pumpover and another I tied to learn as much as possible, with me on the tanks and Thierry, my friend, underneath, sharing his impressions on grapes, how to process them and winemaking techniques with me.

Every day at breakfast, the whole family gathered around a table to taste the new tanks and comment on developments, and there I realised that wine making is really much more than simply turning grapes into wine.

Returning home, after the rain I still had some more Cabernet to harvest, so what better opportunity to try out what I did in France? I won't tell you the techniques, but the bottle of '97, my first experience, earned 90 points in Wine Spectator magazine two years later and I publicly thanked my friend Thierry on the back label.

This is the story of my Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Emozioni del mondo Merlot e Cabernet insieme 2017 - Medaglia d'Oro - Schietto Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 - Medaglia d'Oro
  • Emozioni dal mondo Merlot e Cabernet insieme 2015 - Schietto Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 - Medaglia d'Oro
  • CWSA - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2015 - Schietto Cabernet 2010 - Double Gold Medal
  • Wine Enthusiast 03-2013 - Schietto Cabernet 2008 - 90 Points
  • Wine Master Challenge 2012 Portogallo - Schietto Cabernet 2008 - Medaglia d'Argento
  • Emozioni del mondo Merlot e Cabernet insieme 2010 - Schietto Cabernet 2006 - Medaglia d'Oro
  • Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2010 - Schietto Cabernet Sauv. 2006 - Argento
  • Japan Wine Challenge 2009 - Schietto Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 - Bronze
  • Mundus Vini 2009 - Schietto Cabernet 2005 - Silver
  • Decanter 2008 - Schietto Cabernet S. 2005 - Bronze
  • Japan Wine Challenge 2008 - Schietto Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 - Seal of Approval
  • AWC Vienna 2007 - Schietto Cabernet 2005 - Silver Medal
  • Mundus Vini 2007 - Schietto Cabernet 2005 - Qualitats-Siegel Sehr Gut
  • International Wine and Spirit Competition 2007 - Schietto Cabernet 2004 - Bronze
  • Los Angeles Int. Wine & Spirits 2007 - Schietto Cabernet 2004 - Medal Bronze
  • Annuario dei migliori vini d'Italia - Luca Maroni - Schietto Cabernet 2004 - 86 Punti
  • Korea Wine Challenge 2005 - Schietto Cabernet 2002 - Gold Metal
  • Japan Wine Challenge 2005 - Schietto Cabernet 2002 - Gold
  • Decanter 2005 - Schietto Cabernet 2002 - Highly Racommend
  • Mundus Vini 2004 - Schietto Cabernet 2002 - Gold
  • - Cabernet Sauvignon Schietto 2010 - 89 pts