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OUR PRODUCERS: Tenuta La Favola

The land, his land, it’s the constant topic of Corrado’s conversations. There is little to do, it’s in his DNA. When he talks about his winery his eyes lit up, like when he talks about his daughters. So it was not strange when he decided to study agronomy devoting himself to research, and to study indigenous varietals, their characteristics, and the best conditions for them to them grow.

His estate stands upon a hill in the far right-end corner of Sicily.

When Corrado goes down the northern side of the hill to reach the olive grove, Mt. Etna salutes him. If he goes down along the southern side, all he can see is the deep blue of the seas in front of him. The paths among the vineyards are calcareous-white and at night time with a full-moon, our land shines. He’s not completely wrong when he says he lives in paradise. He has inherited this land from his mother who left it to him, second of four brothers. This land had belonged to his Dad and, before, to his Grandfather. He could have inhereted other tracks of land, but instead he inherited this one called, irony of the situation, Buonivini (good wines).

It’s no surprise that he decided to farm them organically, or when he dedicated some of his land in order to experiement on his vines. Nor was it strange when he decided to use only green energy and not to have production residuals. Every day he spends hours in the vineyards looking at his vines thinking about new methods or new utensils.

If you’re puzzled about the perfectionism and maniacal attention with which he looks at his sprouts, Corrado will just look at you like saying: “How can I possibly behave differently? How else could it be? Well, he is this land.

It is not a matter of choice it is simply a way of life with not many compromises. If you see it this way then you feel the land and the land tells you that it doesn’t need anything else. It already has lots of sun, wind and very little water. But it has been this way for such a long that the land has learned to go without it. We just have to help it. That is why Corrado has dedicated part of his vineyards to reaserch. He collaborates with universities and reaserch labs interested in bio agricolture and has planted lots of different indigenous plants to preserve bio-diversity. It is a matter of coherence.

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AT A GLANCE

WHO:
Corrado and Valeria Gurrieri

WHERE:
Noto (Siracusa)

WHAT:
Frappato, Grillo, Moscato, Nero d’Avola

HOW:
Certified organic, estate grown

QUANTITY:
49,000 bottles

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