Aldo Viola 'Biancoviola' Terre Siciliane Bianco, Italy 2019
Aldo is a former professional football player turned winemaker. However, he grew up amongst the vines at his families winery make him no stranger to the lifestyle. In 1996, he returned to work with his father, later studying enology in Marsala, 70 kilometers west of his home village, and becoming the first enologist of the Centopassi cooperative—an entity that utilized land confiscated from the Corleonesi mafia following the arrest of the notorious Salvatore “Totò” Riina in the early 1990s. Now he works for himself, farming seven hectares of Catarratto, Grillo, and Grecanico near his home village of Alcamo, planted on the area’s steep Timpi Rossi (“Red Hills”), named so because of the sandy-clayey soil’s high iron content. He also owns a plot of land 30 kilometers outside of town, closer to the sea, planted to Perricone, Nerello Mascalese, and Syrah, all of which thrive in the dry and scorching-hot microclimate of the area. This win is textural and lively, embodying Aldo's strong island personality, while still retaining loads of island freshness.
Grapes: 45% Catarratto, 45% Grillo, 10% Grecanico
Soil: iron-rich sandy clay at altitudes up to 1000 meters above sea level