Crisp and fresh expression of Grillo, very accessible, lovely soft aromatic and high drinkability.
Winemaker: Nino Vilardi
Region: Camporeale, Sicily, Italy
Grapes: 100% Grillo
Sulphur: 47 mg/l (total)
Suitable for vegans: Yes Altitude: 350-500m
Total area farmed: 50 ha of vines (part of 250 ha of productive farmland)
Soils: Primarily limestone and clay
Age of vines: Average of 18 years old
Viticulture: Organic (certified).
Vineyards: Valdibella is a cooperative project, working with grapes from 10 growers in the Camporeale region. They are all organic at the very least, though the Valdibella ethos pushes all their members towards a biodiverse and regenerative agriculture model, using no tillage in the vines where possible. This also means growing vines alongside olives, almonds, figs, pomegranates, etc, and close to natural areas, woodland, ponds, and fallow hedges thereby creating a more stable and balanced agro-ecosystem. The Grillo for this wine comes from three growers, the bulk which is from one of their vineyards with the most amount of lime in the soil.
Vinification: the grapes are destemmed and stay on their skins overnight in the cellar prior to fermentation. The grapes are then pressed and fermentation kicks off naturally in steel tanks. Fermentation can take up to one month, after which the wine is racked off its gross lees and returned to steel where it stays for around 6 months.
Bottled following a very soft filtration and light sulphite addition.
Unfined. Other: ‘Ariddu’ is simply the local name for the grape ‘Grillo.’
Vegan / Vegetarian