Vinicultural history in Sicily is like no other wine region in the world. The Carthaginians were the first to plant vineyards here in 397BC. Today these vineyards are owned by Curatolo Arini in Marsala. Vito Curatolo Arini built the family’s first winery in 1875 with a dream to make great Marsala wine and build markets around the world. Quite a worldly view for a young farmer from Marsala whose family at the
time only had 3 hectares. Through the generations the family grew the winery and today they are the longest standing family owned Marsala producer. As the world’s demand for Marsala diminished in the 20th century they began to develop the family’s vineyard holdings in western Sicily and into central Sicily to make still wines. Today they are a thriving contemporary winery with an incredible heritage, they still
makes small amounts of Marsala in the old way with “Mosto Cotta” cooked over an open fire. Nero d’Avola comes from estate vineyards in central Sicily in the province of Caltanissetta and Inzolia from Contrada Biesina area in western Sicily. Alberto Antonini joined the family team in 2001 and ushered in a new level of quality in wine making and farming, adapting appropriate new ideas and technology but continuing with native varieties and a goal to make elegant wines.