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Cerasuolo di Vittoria Wine Region

First DOCG Wine of Sicily, Italy

Cerasuolo di Vittoria wine, which is being produced in the southeastern part of Sicily, has the pride of being the first DOCG wine in Sicily, Italy.

The Mediterranean Sea in the southern side, the Iblei Mountains on the eastern side, and the hills of the province of Caltanissetta on the western side as its boundaries.

We could say that this is only wine in Sicily that is worth considering for a DOCG title. You would definitely love this deeply red coloured wines produced from Nero d’Avola and Frappato grape varieties.

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Now, let’s see everything about the Cerasuolo di Vittoria wines here…

More about the Geographical Area of Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG

The geographical zone of Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG is covering about 124,500 hectares of land with the boundaries that are defined above.
The production zone of Cerasuolo di Vittoria is found to be larger than the combined area of the neighbours.

Inside this defined region, we could find that there are three main areas including a coastal area, a medium hill area, and a wooded area.

The vineyards for the production of Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG are found to be mainly located in the limestone soils, although we can see some predominant formations of sand and loam all over the region.

The average climatic conditions of the region are found to be hot, dry Mediterranean with little rains in the summers. The average rainfall is found to be ranging from 385 to 444 millimetres in the coastal and hill areas while it would be around 499 millimetres in the wooded area.

Past and Present of Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG

As most of you might be aware, the history of viticulture and winemaking in Sicily can be dated back to the times of ancient Greek colonization, which was around seventh to sixth century B.C.

The Cerasuolo di Vittoria region was awarded the DOC title during the year 1973 and it remained as a DOC wine region until the year 2005.

It was in September 2005 that the Cerasuolo di Vittoria became the first DOCG of Sicily. When we look at the history of winemaking in Italy, we could understand that the Vittoria region was among the most significant wine regions in the country right from the beginning and it would be a surprise for many of you to know that the region’s exports reached up to 300,000 hectolitres during the year 1860.

It is to be noted that the DOCG title of Cerasuolo di Vittoria was justified by the quality of wines which continuously showed improvements from the 1980s to the 1990s.

And, it has been found that the quality of Cerasuolo di Vittoria wines is remaining consistently high right from the DOCG promotion and thus, these wines have become the showcase wines of Sicily.

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Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Wines and their Production

As I mentioned earlier, the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG wines would have intense cherry red colours which will be complemented by the strong berry fruit flavours.

They will be highly fragrant with a minimum alcohol content of 13%.

The grape varieties that are allowed for the production of Cerasuolo di Vittoria wines are Nero d’Avola (50% to 70%) and Frappato (30% to 50%).

No other grape varieties are permitted for use in the production of Cerasuolo di Vittoria wines. For a Cerasuolo di Vittoria wine to be labelled as Rosso, the minimum aging period should be approximately eight months and if it is to be labelled as Classico, it should be aged for a minimum of 18 months.

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Tharani Rajamanickam

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