Founded in 2007, this vineyard is the darling of three friends, geologists Gianni Salafia and Gaetano Luca, and Angelo Di Grazia whose passion is organic farming. Together this trio decided to follow their passion for ‘all things wine’ by taking on a tiny one-hectare vineyard in Chiaramonte Gulfì, Ragusa. They purchased this small plot of land near the most influential mentors and named it Meridio as it faces south, ‘meridione’ in Italian. Taking on a fundamentalist approach, enologically speaking they agreed that nothing unnatural would ever enter the vineyards. They decided to plant cuttings of Alicante and frapatto, which gives their blends a lively fruitiness, as well as a small amount of Nero d’Avola, which is made in a traditional style. The wines display remarkable freshness and possess a certain purity that can only be found in wines made in this natural, artisanal style.
The vines are cultivated in “alberello,” or small tree style like local tradition, which offers uniform exposition to the strong Sicilian sun. The only support used for the alberello vines is the Giant Cane, collected in the winter during a specific lunar phase. They baptized their first wine with the botanical name for the Giant Cane, Arundo Donax.
To tie the vines to the cane, they don’t use plastic; the only material allowed here is the “liama,” an incredibly strong blade of grass used for this very purpose by the Ancient Greeks. The nuances of the Arundo and Liama wines slightly change with each harvest; and, as natural wines, they contain no added sulphites or chemicals. They do not irrigate, and they practice short winter pruning as well as green pruning in May in order to limit grape production and thus concentrate the flavors and aromas in just a few bunches per vine.