Signora Dora, great-grandmother of Annamaria and Clara Sala, purchased this land, 130 hectares which she considered paradise, in the beginning of the 1900s. The winery was named “Tenuta Gorghi Tondi” in 2006, representing the strong bond with the territory, adjacent to 3 rounded lakes (the so called “Gorghi Tondi” – a WWF protected site and bird sanctuary). An environment deeply characterized by the sea, karst depressions, and clean energy to protect biodiversity, the winery bans all synthetic chemicals and genetically modified organisms, according to the requirements of the strictest standards of organic agriculture. The cellar is located inside a traditional “baglio” in perfect harmony with the vineyards and the surrounding natural context.
Nero d’Avola, the black grape of Avola, has been cultivated in Siclia since the Greeks brought the plants in the 8th century BC. The land where Nero d’Avola grows is characterized by clayey soil, well suited to black varieties and to wines with a more robust structure. This vineyard is very close to the sea, bringing sea breezes to the grapes and saline minerality to the wine. Manual harvest normally takes place in the second and third weeks of September. After a fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature and a maceration of minimum two weeks, the wine is aged on the lees for 3-4 months more before bottling.
As with all of our wines, this one captures the true terroir of Sicily and is not blended with international varietals nor oaked. Aging is potential 8-10 years, but it is delightful fresh and young.