Azienda Agricola Spadafora dei Principi di Spadafora
Spadafora is a noble Sicilian family whose first certified traces date back to 1230. Over the centuries the house has held five principalities, a duchy, two marquisates, an earldom and twenty-five baronages. Some family members have occupied prominent positions in the Kingdom of Sicily and in some European countries.
The founder of the company is Don Pietro dei Principi di Spadafora, who inherited the estate from his uncle, Michele De Stefani, a talented farmer and breeder of racehorses.
The estate suffered a lot of damage during the 1968 earthquake but Don Pietro committed himself to the reconstruction and redevelopment of the vineyard, reappraising the native grape varieties and introducing non-native varieties to Sicily for the creation of quality wines. The current owner is Francesco Spadafora, the son of Don Pedro.
All Spadafora wines are produced from organic farmed vines, vinified on a pied de cuve of their grapes and fermented in absence of sulfites. From 2014 vintage, all the products are BIO certified.
The grapes grown on the estate are harvested by hand and arrive in the winery in small trucks, within about ten or fifteen minutes after cutting, in order to be processed immediately.
The main grapes grown by the winery include Grillo, Catarratto, Inzolia and Chardonnay for the white and Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and then Nero d'Avol for the red wines.
To learn more about Spadafora please visit the winery website www.spadafora.com