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Contea di Sclafani Wine Region

Contea di Sclafani DOC

Contea di Sclafani, which is an Italian DOC wine region, is located on the island of Sicily.

When we take a quick look at this DOC, we can understand that it is covering a wide variety of red, rose, as well as white wines that are being produced in a larger geographical area.

This DOC, which was established in the year 1996, is found to be producing a more focused set of wines when compared to its neighbours.

So, where is this DOC actually located?
What are the wine styles that are being produced under this DOC title?
What are the significant production rules of this DOC?
Which grape varieties are used in the production of the Contea di Sclafani DOC wines?

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First Things about the Contea di Sclafani DOC

The Contea di Sclafani wines were awarded the DOC title during the year 1996. This was just a few months after the creation of Santa Margherita de Belice DOC.

As some of you might be aware, this DOC was named after the ancient state of feudal Sicily, which is not administratively now.

The Contea di Sclafani DOC is used in the labels of the wines that are being produced in the region that is lying southeast and inland from another wine region Palermo. Geographically, this area is located on the south coast of the Sicilian Island.

This DOC region is found to be slightly separated from other DOCs of Sicily. But, this has been found to be at just 30 miles away from the western DOCs of the country.

Thus, the nearest DOCs to the Contea di Sclafani are found to be Sambuca di Sicilia DOC and Contessa Entellina DOC.

Wine Styles of Contea di Sclafani DOC

Under this DOC title, several types of white, rose, and red wines are produced. In addition, some sparkling, dessert, and specialty wines are also produced.

As of 2010, there were more than 20 different wine styles in Contea di Sclafani DOC. Let’s see the different wine styles here:

White Wines:

Rose Wine:

  • Rosato

Red Wines:

Dessert and Specialty Wines:

  • Vendemmia Tardiva
  • Dolce
  • Dolce Vendemmia Tardiva

Important Production Rules for Contea di Sclafani DOC

Apart from the composition of grape varieties used in the production of wines, there are also some other factors that are to be taken care of while producing the DOC wines.

As such, the important production rules of Contea di Sclafani DOC wines include the following factors:

The grape varieties must be got from the minimum elevation of 300 meters.

The minimum alcohol levels for various wine styles are:

  • Dolce – 5.5%
  • Dolce Vendemmia Tardiva – 5.5%
  • Bianco, white varietals, and Rosato – 10.5%
  • Rosso, red varietals, and Novello – 11.0%
  • Spumante – 11.5%
  • Riserva – 12.0%

Minimum aging period should be at least 18 months for Dolce Vendemmia Tardiva and two years for Riserva

Major Grape Varieties of Contea di Sclafani DOC:

Whites:

  • Ansonica
  • Catarratto
  • Chardonnay
  • Grecanico Dorato
  • Grillo
  • Pinot Bianco
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Reds:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot
  • Nerello Mascalese
  • Nero dAvola
  • Perricone
  • Pinot Nero
  • Sangiovese
  • Syrah
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