The best of Sicily
On Salina, island in the volcanic Aeolian archipelago, amidst the fragrances of the Mediterranean scrub and the breath-taking views, the Colosi family cultivates vineyards on characteristic terraces overlooking the sea and produces unique wines that reflect shimmering light, wind, sun and colour.
With its 10 hectares of vineyards between Capo Faro and Porri, Colosi is one of the most representative producers of the island. The area is considered to be one of the best because of its exposure and the chemical-physical characteristics of the volcanic soil. The vines were planted on terraces, restoring the old dry walls, and they include grape varieties typical of Mediterranean island wine-making: Corinto Nero, Nerello Cappuccio, Nerello Mascalese, Inzolia, Catarratto and Malvasia. Malvasia is without doubt the most important vine variety of the island and of the Colosi company.
Colosi’s wine-making cellar is literally immersed among the vines, and is partially buried in order to comply with the strict regulations on the protection of the territory and landscape of the Aeolian archipelago. This location allows the temperature to be kept constant, ideal for the optimal preservation of the wines.
In the 1970s Pietro Colosi “Senior” worked alongside Carlo Hauner: besides their close friendship, the two also shared a love for the wines of the island. This friendship continued to grow and a short time later Pietro found himself managing both his own property and cellar and Carlo’s.
Thirty years ago, in 1987, Pietro, son of Pietro, began to follow in his father’s footsteps after completing his studies in oenology at the agricultural college of Catania and immediately gave new momentum to the marketing of Colosi wines throughout the world.
Today, a third Pietro, a graduate in oenology from San Michele all’Adige, flanks his father and mother Lidia in managing all of the activities of a fully grown and stable company which, besides the cellar at Salina, also has a production plant at Giammoro in the province of Messina and which exports its wines throughout the world.
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