Fashion, wine, art. The good things in life! Well, could Antonio Moretti Cuseri’s desire to astound, to bring on new challenges, have been satisfied in Tuscany? In fact, fascinated by the Val di Noto (Eastern Sicily) while visiting it in the late 90’s, he decided that it would be the perfect place for his next oenological challenge. In 2000, he began his first acquisitions, and “tumulo” after “ tumulo” (an ancient Sicilian unit of measurement equal to 1,744 square metres) he pieced together, bit by bit, more than fifty properties. This was the beginning of one of Sicily’s most intriguing projects, with Maccari at its very heart.
The estate is not only 50 hectares of vines, though some are more than 30 years old and are located on different types of soil at different elevations, guaranteeing an overall balance. The estate also has guest lodgings, homes, a tasting room, and naturally a wine cellar. All around, nature expresses its vitality, and the volcanic soils of black and white bring forth oranges, lemons, Pachino cherry tomatoes, vegetables, and olives.
Nero d’Avola is the name of the grape that gives the best expression of this territory. It is a grape with ancient traditions, yet it is particularly appreciated today, and is one of the most interesting of the Sicilian varieties. Among its impressive characteristics are the structure, richness, and roundedness of its fruit, and its capability for lengthy cellaring. The origins go back to the first Greeks who settled here, who also brought the alberello cultivation system.
Alberello, or the bush style, is one of the oldest and most natural forms of high-density vine cutivation. Such vineyards are usually planted at a density of 5,555 vines per hectare, wich brings significant quality both to the grapes and to the wine. It is ideal for hot, windy climates, but it has high maintenance costs because all of the work must be done manually.