Feudi Del Pisciotto
In the past, Feudi del Pisciotto was one of the largest fiefdoms in Sicily. In modern times, this stronghold has been transformed in a winery of undoubted Sicilian charm, as it is located right in the heart of the island, a few kilometers from Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone, Ragusa and Noto. Thanks to the pioneering work of some great Sicilian entrepreneurial families, to the precious collaborations of a genius like the oenologist Giacomo Tachis, as well as to the commitment of the Regional Institute of Vine and Wine, the vitiviniculture of the island has undergone a true renaissance and Feudi del Pisciotto is transmitting its contribution. Today, Feudi del Pisciotto is part of Domini Castellare di Castellina Group and it is the first Sicilian winery in the Tuscan groupo, which counts also Castellare di Castellina and Rocca di Frassinello.
The Feudi del Pisciotto winery consists of a new and modern building, the productive heart of the estate capable of yielding up to 10,000 hectolitres of wine. The old building dates back to the 1700s and was one of the largest in Sicily and it includes an old manor house or “Baglio”, complex that today preserves the ambiance of what was once feudal Sicily, and the wine-making plant or “Palmento”, from the Latin word Paumentum, referring to the act of pressing something. Pressing the grapes, in tanks which then allow the must to fall to the bottom, as this has been found to be the best technique. Restored without any modification made to the existing structure, the Palmento is directly connected to a modern cellar. In the old building an exclusive Wine Resort has been created.
The new vineyards of the winery (44 hectares planted since 2002) are about 250 meters high and 5 km from the sea, thus benefiting from two climate factors: the height, where the breezes arrive marine and the temperatures of the sea breezes. Around the Feudo building, which borders the Pisciotto Reserve rich in cork oaks and some hundreds of different essences, the vines have been replanted with the main autochthonous varieties (from Nero d'Avola to Frappato) and with some international varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet, but also Pinot Noir, the Semillon that together with the Gewürztraminer is destined to the production of an exceptional passito wine, according to a brilliant intuition by Giacomo Tachis in harmony with Alessandro Cellai (oenologist and general manager of the company).
The first harvest of Feudi del Pisciotto took place in 2007, and, despite the youth of the vines, yielded extraordinary results for all varieties. For this reason Paolo Panerai, the owner of the company, had the idea to combine wine with fashion and invited the best among italian designers to dress these superb and innovative Sicilian wines. This collaborative enterprise has been got underway with the generous participation of such prestigious designers as Valentino, Versace, Missoni, Blumarine, Alberta Ferretti, Gianfranco Ferrè, Brioni, Giambattista Valli and Carolina Marengo.