Feudi del Pisciotto - Sicily - is situated inside the triangle among Piazza Almerina (known for his extraordinary and intact Roman villa), Caltagirone (famous for the ceramics) and Vittoria (famous for the only Sicilian Docg, Il Cerasuolo di Vittoria). The vineyards of Feudi del Pisciotto have 50% of the red vine king of the island, the Nero D'Avola, and 50% of international red vines like Cabernet, Merlot, etc, and two white vines, Semeillon and Gewuz Traminer, for an unusual Passito, that inevitably will be named Passito dei Feudi del Pisciotto.

 

Being part of the Pisciotto reserve, famous for its beauty, the abun-dance of cork-oaks and for many other species of vegetation, Feudi del Pisciotto is also an intact building since ages, as from the extraordinary millstone that is the wine cellar with the production method used by the old Romans. With the old vineyards, which will progressively be replaced, Feudi del Pisciotto already sells the basic line using the mark Baglio del Sole: Nero d'Avola, Inzolia and Inzolia Catarratto.

Tenuta San Leonardo has been described as a magical spot, and that aura is the fruit of a long progression of important events that have taken place within its walls, with the first being the wedding between the beautiful Principessa Teodolinda, daughter of the King of Bavaria, and Autari, King of the Lombards. That happened in 588 AD. But to stay within the ambit of fully-documented events, the first testimony of the existence of this spot dates to 900 AD, when the Bishop of Verona granted to his colleague in Trento woods, vineyards, and meadowlands located in Campi Sarni.

 

This modest fief then passed to the Frati Crociferi in 1215, a religious order quite widespread in Europe in the Late Middle Ages; the monks built their monastery here and launched agricultural operations that were quite successful for that time. Remains of the monastery can still be seen: the Romanesque apse, with its exterior hanging arches and traces of a 13th-century fresco inside, and the refectory for the poor, which is a refuge today for barrels of wine. Various documents cast light on the agricultural activities and on the very diverse crops that were part of the daily existence of the borgo, above all viticulture.

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