I Vigneri

I Vigneri

I Vigneri is a Sicilian consortium located on Mount Etna. Founded in 1435 in Catania under the name "La Maestranza dei Vigneri", its main objective was to teach future generations how to raise vines and produce wine. Six centuries later, the consortium is led by the oenologist Salvo Foti, who, selling around him that the ancient wine-making traditions were disappearing, decided that to recover the old vines and produce a wine that would reflect the Etna territory, it was only possible to leave from the men who knew well this area and the ancient viticultural knowledge. The consortium is made up of six producers who lovingly care for the old centenary vines raised in alberello, scattered from Etna to the Aeolian Islands and to Pantelleria, Pachino and Caltagirone, and with the strength of their hands they repair the dry-stone walls that support the impervious lava stone terraces. Each producer is independent, but communicates his adherence to the common philosophy by bottling his wines in the bottle of I Vigneri, which shows in relief the symbol of the consortium, that tree that has its roots in 1435. Finally, every October, during the harvest on the volcano, repeating the same gestures of the first Vigneri of the fifteenth century.

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