In the very heart of Sicily, between the plain of Gela and the plain of Catania, lies the city of Caltagirone, in the province of Catania. This is the region that gave birth to the Suber wine, made from an indigenous, organically-grown grape variety. The wine has a distinct flavour and a strong, yet elegant, character, qualities that derive from a special combination of terrain and climate. Traditional vine cultivation techniques are combined with a vinification process which uses the latest technology giving a wine of natural quality while at the same time protecting the environment and respecting human labour.
The Daino estate’s vineyard lies within the Bosco di Santo Pietro woods, 20 km from the city of Caltagirone, a municipality in south-eastern Sicily. It is situated at 325 metres above sea level, and has a density of 9,000 vines per hectare. This area has been noted for the cultivation of vines since ancient times: vine growers have concentrated mainly on the cultivation of Nero d'Avola and Frappato, varieties that have always benefited from the terrain and climate here.
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Wander through the vineyard which produces Suber wine and breathe in the natural atmosphere of the Bosco di Santo Pietro woods. A profusion of majestic, ancient cork oaks (Quercus Suber, from which our wine gets its name) make this the finest woodland area in the Caltagirone district. And the woods, with their magnificent, luxuriant vegetation, completely surround the Daino estate. The cork oaks, some intact others with their bark stripped, mixed with venerable holm oaks and contorted downy oaks, envelop the landscape in a calming silence. The animals that populate the woods include foxes, weasels, rabbits, hares, tortoises and the very rare wild cat. Frequent sightings can be had of numerous species of birds, such as tits, Sardinian warblers, jays and great spotted woodpeckers, which have made this Controlled Natural Reserve their natural habitat.
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From the Hyblean Mountains to the plain of Pachino and Noto, Sicilian vine growers have cultivated the Nero d'Avola since time immemorial. It has always been an integral part of the agricultural landscape of south-eastern Sicily. So it is since remotest times that vine growers have been being cultivating Nero d'Avola in the district of Caltagirone, where, over the centuries, they have adapted this vine to the area’s particular climate and environment. These vines are still grown using traditional techniques and tools, in accordance with organic farming standards and respect for the environment, to produce Suber wine with its typically Mediterranean full-bodied taste and fruity aroma.
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Nero Capitano is the name given only in this part of Sicily to Frappato, an indigenous grape variety which has always been used to produce a red wine with distinctive intense traits. Originally from the land around Vittoria, in the province of Ragusa, this variety is now very much a part of the Caltagirone landscape, having adapted perfectly to its climate and sandy-clay soil. Blended with Nero d'Avola and Alicante, Frappato unfolds an aroma of yellow peach which intensifies the taste of Suber and gives it a hint of tannin.
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Suber’s powerful personality is completed by the Alicante grape. The red becomes more intense and the organoleptic properties are augmented with exotic spicy aromas. Alicante comes from nearby Spain and is cultivated in various parts of northern and southern Italy, but is now so much a natural element in the Caltagirone landscape that, after centuries of cultivation, it is considered to be a true indigenous variety. Also bush-trained and organically grown, it has absorbed the special characteristics of this unique land and climate.
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