Colour: golden yellow.
Bouquet: intense and complex, with crusty bread.
Taste: ripe citrus, spices, rich, full-bodied.


Risotto with seafood, grilled shellfish, fish and sushi.


Varietal: Chardonnay 100%

Origin: Contrada Virzì, Monreale, Palermo
Map Sheet 142

Exposure: North

Altitude: 400 m above sea level

Soil: Sandy-clay

Training system: Simple Guyot espalier

Density: 5,000 plants per hectare

Year of planting: 1996

Harvest: August

Yield: 40 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: 30% aged 3 months in oak barrels and the rest in stainless steel; then a year in the bottle.

Capacity: 75 cl.

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This is an elegant, structured wine, vinified in inox vats, with a 30% for few months in small, 225-litre barrels from three different years and made from two different kinds of wood. It is part of our Schietto range, which are single varietals, and we produce 7,000 bottles of it.

The harvest takes place in August, in three different moments, because this grape is grown on a long, exposed ridge to the north, which has varied ripening times. The decision to harvest at separate times is because we try to integrate different levels of sugar and acidity.

Fermentation takes place in cement vats, where the fresh must is also added to the first must that is already fermenting, in order to prolong the process.

Only at the end of fermentation, and after racking, a small part, is it put into small casks where second fermentation, or malolactic fermentation, occurs naturally, with the malic acid being transformed into lactic acid. This gives the wine its characteristic elegance, together with a hint of vanilla.

The 2008 and 2009 vintages won two beautiful gold medals in France, at the Chardonnay du Monde competition, and I am very proud of it, in fact, so proud that right now I'm going to leave the computer and pour myself a glass.

  • AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge - Schietto Chardonnay 2012 - Gold Medal
  • Wine Spectator magazine (October 31, 2014) - Schietto Chardonnay 2011 - 86 Points
  • Wine Enthusiast 03-2013 - Schietto Chardonnay 2010 - 87 Points
  • Chardonnay du Monde 2011 - Schietto Chardonnay 2009 - Silver Medal
  • Chardonnay du Monde 2010 - Schietto Chardonnay 2008 - Gold Medal
  • Chardonnay du Monde 2009 - Schietto Chardonnay 2007 - Gold Medal
  • Vini d'Italia 2007 - Schietto Chardonnay 2005 - 2 Bicchieri Rossi
  • - Chardonnay Schietto 2012 - 92 pts