Gaetano Gargano’s family has owned Il Censo for over 200 years. Located in Bivona in south/central Sicily, the 65 hectare estate was primarily for farming grains and legumes. Gaetano Gargano and his wife Nicoletta have rejuvenated the property, revitalizing the old vine vineyards of Perricone and Malvasia Nera, along with 100 year old olive groves. Working closely with pioneering winemaker and co-founder of ViniVeri, Giampiero Bea, Gaetano has planted 9 hectares of vineyards, all with indigenous grapes; Catarratta, Perricone, Nero d’Avola and Malvasia Nera
Produced exclusively from Catarratto grapes grown on the Il Censo estate outside of Palazzo Adriano; vineyards are farmed organically and grapes are harvested manually, with harvest occurring usually in October; the grapes maintain contact with the skins for two to three weeks, the length of the maceration depending on the vintage; only indigenous yeasts are used during fermentation and no temperature controls are utilized; the wines is bottled with being fined or filtered.
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