Vineyard age (year of planting):Grillo 1995,1997,2000
Soil Type:Medium texture
Colour:Light yellow with greenish reflections
Nose:Pleasant citrus and mediterranean herb notes
Flavour:Fresh, supple, long finish
Serving temperature (°C):6-8
Match with: Excellent as an aperitif with hors d'oeuvres, with lean fish dishes
Average no. bottles/year:10,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:10
First released vintage: 2005 Harvest period: end of August/mid September. Vineyard density: 4,000 vines/hectare Training system: guyot
Vinification and ageing
Soft pressing and static sedimentation at a low temperature; fermentation of the clear must with temperature control (16/18 degrees Celsius) in stainless steel for 10-12 days.
Address:C.da Casabianca 161/A 91025 Marsala TP
Owner: Centonze family
Year of establishment:1998
Total annual production:50000
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):0ha Frappato 0ha Grillo 0ha Nero d'Avola 0ha Zibibbo (Moscato d'Alessandria)
Vine training system:
Type of viticulture: certified organic
This is a very special company, established in 1998, which is owned and managed by the Centonze family, Giovanni together with his son Nicola, his daughter Carla, his granddaughter Martina and his brother Gino. Giovanni is an oenologist who has worked for various Sicilian wineries and he is the former president of the Association of Sicilian oenologists. Nicola is an oenologist. He graduated at the renowned University of Conegliano Veneto and he now successfully consults for many estates throughout Sicily and in other Italian regions. Martina is studying oenology at the University of Marsala and is a trained sommelier. Carla is a wine technician and manages the family’s wine shop in Marsala, together with her uncle Gino.
Centonze Srl is much more than a company of wine merchants or “négociants”: although the family does not own the vineyards from which the wines are produced, every year certified organic vineyards, in the most representative terroirs of Sicily are selected, the grapes are vinified and the wine is bottled with the company’s label. All phases of production, from cluster to bottle, are followed by Nicola.
The wines are mainly made with indigenous Sicilian grape varieties: Frappato, Nero d’Avola, Grillo, Zibibbo. In 2016 a wine exclusively made with Syrah was bottled, as this international variety is now well integrated in Sicily. The range also includes the only DOCG wine in Sicily, Cerasuolo di Vittoria (a blend of Nero d’Avola and of Frappato) and Amaro Rizza, made with 12 herbs harvested in Favignana and in Marettimo (two beautiful islands of the Egadi archipelago in front of the town of Trapani).
The logo of the company is the “onza” or “oncia” coin, an ancient coin that was used in Sicily and that is a symbol of prosperity. It is designed on the labels of the wines.
The philosophy for wine production: to respect the grape variety without upsetting its balance. To work with yeast that has been selected in the area where the vineyards stand. Nicola believes in respecting the consumer offering wine (which is also a beverage and food) that is genuine, drinkable, pleasant, made sensibly and with a good and even quality each vintage. His aim is to make wine with only a few, but well done interventions.