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| Maggio Vini
was founded about 50 years ago and is based outside Vittoria in
the southern part of Sicily. They grow indigenous
grapes--Catarratto, Nero d'Avola and Frappato as well as international
varieties--Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir in their 123 acres of
This wine is made from 100% Grillo, a grape variety thought to be a cross between Cataratto and Zibibbo grape varieties. The grape was principally used to make Marsala, and the variety was nearly abandoned in the 1960's. The grape has been brought back to popularity in is own right as a dry white wine.
The name of the wine, Ariddu is the Sicilian translation of the grape variety. The skin of the grape is transparent and thick, with a golden yellow color, resulting in straw yellow wine. The grape characteristics result in a wine with a strong personality that stands out among Sicilian white wines.
Tasting Notes: Floral herbal aroma, commonly with notes of peach and wildflowers. Pairs well with robust pasta dishes, or seafood. Of course it is also delicious on its own as an aperitif.
Classification: DOP Sicilia
Area of Production: District of Ragusa
Grape Variety: 100% Grillo
Soil: Red sandy soil
Average Age of Vines: 15-20 years
Trellising System: Guyot system
Production per Acre: 3.57 tons
Vinification Technique: 12 cryo- maceration and cold fermentation in stainless steel
Maturation: 3 months in Stainless Steel and 1 month in the bottle.
Total Acidity: 5.3 g/l
Residual Sugar: 3.48 g/l
Total Cases Produced: 580