Meet the Women in Wine Behind Sicily’s Most Natural Winery (VIDEO)
Gorghi Tondi: Making Wine that Would Make “Nonna” Proud
In this episode of Wine Oh TV, Monique Soltani travels to Mazara del Vallo in Sicily and meets up with the two sisters behind Gorghi Tondi.
An organic winery where the grapes grow within the WWF Gorghi Tondi and Preola Lake Nature Reserve in Western Sicily. Clara and Annamaria Sala’s love of the land and their family’s legacy is what made their dream a reality.
Gorghi Tondi produced its first bottle of wine in 2005, but the family has been making wine in the area for four centuries. The Sala sisters, say they inherited their passion for the land and for wine from their great grandmother.
“Gorghi Tondi would never have been born without our grandmother’s love for nature. A love for the vines and for the land that after a century, continues to nourish us, which we are also very passionate about.” – Annamaria Sala and Clara Sala
They believe the secret to making great wine starts with respecting the environment. Which is why they don’t add chemicals or use GMO’s. They have implemented an organic model and focus on letting Sicily’s native grapes like grillo and zibibbo shine.
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