The Daino Estate vineyard

The Daino Estate.
Bush-trained vines
yield an organic Sicilian wine

THE ESTATE AND ITS LANDS Photo gallery

The Daino estate vineyard lies about 20 km south of Caltagirone, near the Bosco di Santo Pietro woods. It occupies over 6,500 hectares in a setting of natural beauty and is tended using ancient techniques handed down by skilled wine makers over the centuries. Cultivation of the Nero d'Avola, Frappato and Alicante varieties produces Suber, a wine with a distinctive, intense taste, while the name comes from the majestic specimens of Quercus Suber (cork oak) which populate the woods. On the Daino estate i Vigneri Staff specialised in bush training tend the vines by hand in every growing stage taking care to protect the environment and work in harmony with the land. The vines are supported by chestnut wood stakes while the shoots are tied with biodegradable, environmentally friendly twine made from pampas grass (Cortaderia Jubata), which grows spontaneously at the margins of the vineyard

Ancient oak trees in the Bosco Santo Pietro woods, Caltagirone (CT), Sicily

Nature, history and art in the Bosco di Santo Pietro

MYTHS AND RITUALS OF A FARMING COMMUNITY Photo gallery

The area covered by the Bosco Santo Pietro woods, for decades a Nature Reserve, has a varied landscape with numerous footpaths and expanses of lush vegetation that have retained their biodiversity and unique beauty. These lands, covering more than 30,000 hectares, formerly belonged to the vast barony of Fatanismo or Fetanasim, and were sold for forty thousand tarì to the city of Caltagirone by King Roger as a reward for the loyalty shown by his subjects in battle against the Saracens. It was then that the people began to exploit these lands and extract from the forest what they needed to survive. Apart from wood for fuel and stone for construction, in times gone by the craftsmen and women of Caltagirone made various articles from the cork obtained from the majestic oaks, and over the centuries there was a flourishing of arts and crafts in the city of Caltagirone. These included the manufacture of ceramics. Today the Museum of Ceramics bears witness to the production of crockery and pottery since prehistoric times and the Greek period. But it was in particular during the Arab domination that the master potters acquired the techniques and decorative elements that still today make Caltagirone one of the major centres of ceramic art in Italy.