Sicily: a multifaceted cultural legacy

January 18, 2018

"I saw the full beauty, the noble and peaceful splendour of light, pure and immense, in Palermo, in Villa Tasca." (Anna de Noiailles)


Tasca d’Almerita is one of Sicily’s most modern wineries and ironically also one of its oldest.

The story begins in 1830, with the purchasing of the Regaleali Estate, a 1200 hectares farm in the heart of Sicily. In 1840 Villa Tasca, then known as Villa Camastra, was acquired by the family as their Palermo residence. Now fast forward to the 1970s, when Lucio Tasca joined his father Count Giuseppe Tasca in running the family business at the Regaleali Estate. Driven by persistent curiosity and the desire to always improve, Lucio pushed the boundaries of winemaking in Sicily; by planting international varieties and meeting the global market’s demand. Despite his father’s uncertainty, the project turned out to be a success, making Tasca d’Almerita the first winery to introduce European varieties to the island.


Today Count Lucio’s sons Alberto and Giuseppe, represent the 7th generation of the family to lead the business, Giuseppe is in charge of the running of Villa Tasca, and Alberto oversees Tasca d’Almerita’s five wine estates. The brothers follow these underlying family principles: pursuit of quality, passion for innovation and constant research, all with combining tradition and technology.


After this brief but necessary introduction, let’s take a step backward…we mentioned Sicily but how much do we really know about this island? Well...a blog post (even a very long one) couldn't cover all the topics, aspects and history of this land. Especially because Sicily is a feeling more than a place. 


The flourishing Trinacria, an unrevealed beauty: 


Increasingly popular as a travel destination, Sicily remains to hold onto its secrets.

Sunny Sicilia is the largest island of the Mediterranean (from latin Mediterraneus, which means "in the middle of the land"), it sits off the tip of the boot-shaped peninsula of Italy. This island from one side to another, overlooks three continents (Europe, Africa and Asia) and summarises their characteristics.


When you set foot in Sicily, you are hit by a myriad of sensations, like a bucket of cold water right over your head in a winter day... you wake up, you open your eyes, as if they had never opened.

You become aware of the island’s history, the people who have crossed those seas and planted their seeds in this thriving land, which has become a spokesman for the passage of various cultures.


The smell of fresh fish, sea breezes, capers, oranges sold on the streets and ripe figs. The gaze rests on the burnt and perfumed shores, where the waves start and crash loudly. 


Over the centuries, many populations have conquered this land and left traces of their passage: starting from the Greek’s colonisation, where Sicily proves to be extremely fertile, olives and vines are introduced. The Punic wars and the Roman Empire, the Ostrogoths, the Byzantines, the Arabs, who turned Palermo in a cosmopolitan and flourishing city; the Normans, the Swabians, the French, the Aragonese, the Spanish and the Bourbons. (Yes exactly...surprising for an island, isn't it?)


Now… mix these various cultural elements with a dazzling sun, an African land, a Mediterranean breeze and lush vegetation and here you have Sicily!


Faces of Sicily: 


Due to its particular landform and geographical features, Sicily has several microclimates that allow Tasca d'Almerita to produce an array of diverse bottles, from full-bodies reds to vibrant, aromatic whites. 


In addition to the Regaleali family estate, Tasca d’Almerita has also expanded its holdings to four other areas of the island, all different from each other. Each of these sites has their own defining characteristics that makes them utterly unique; climate, soil and pruning in the vineyard all play a part. The expertise of the winery and the skilled hands in the vineyards are reflected in the labels and the glass, reminding us how each bottle has a story behind it. 


Regaleali, within Contea di Sclafani, has many different soil types, a considerable day to night temperature variation, peaks of 900 meters above sea level, lakes full of water, different sun expositions and more than 50 different genotypes ranging from Sicilian to non-indigenous varieties. This Estate is the perfect place for the vinification of aromatic whites and structured reds with a great potential for aging.


Salina - Capofaro

Salina enjoys a warmer and humid climate, suitable for white varieties with good structure like Malvasia. 


Mozia - Whitaker

With a warm and dry microclimate, the Grillo variety flawlessly expresses its traditional



Etna - Tascante

On the slopes of the Etna, the cool and drizzly weather is what allows the native red variety of Nerello Mascalese to fully develop and perfectly embody this terroir. 


Monreale - Sallier de la Tour   

Located in the Monreale DOC, the mild and breezy climate is highly favourable for the production of indigenous varietal Sicilian wines, being particularly conducive also to the making of intenational varieties like Syrah. 




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