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Since the beginning of the 1990s, Sicily has experienced a real wine boom. The Palari winery is one of the most successful wineries on the Mediterranean island. The team around Salvatore Geraci and his brother Giampiero concentrates mainly on local grape varieties, such as those used in the company's own Palari Faro, which regularly ranks among the best red wines in Sicily and has already been compared to great Burgundies by experts.
The founder of the estate - wine producer, architect, antique expert, university lecturer and globetrotter all in one - is one of the followers of a philosophy that attaches little importance to yield optimisation and marketing. Rather, Salvatore Geraci is far away from fashion trends, especially in search of the perfect red wine. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, he uses for the production in his artisan business, which already has cult status, some unusually old grape varieties that have already been declared dead.
From this enchanting property, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view over the Strait of Messina and the Calabrian coast. The seven-hectare Palari winery is located in the tiny Faro wine growing area, up to 420 metres above sea level, and is supplied with fresh sea air, so it enjoys a special microclimate. Together with the autochthonous grape varieties, this contributes significantly to the regional character of the assortment, which consists of three fine, elegant and complex blend wines with a classicist aesthetic and strong character. All plots are biodynamically farmed. On mineral volcanic soils hang on ancient Alberello sticks such as with Nocera, Cappuccio Tignolino, Core'e Palumba, Calabrese, Galatena and Acitana in very steeply sloping locations towards the sea, laboriously tamed by stone terraces only a few grapes of rare varieties. Due to the low crop yield, the annual production of the Azienda Agricola Palari is particularly limited.
A splendid family villa from the 18th century is used for the vinification and ageing of the wines. Some products are already considered by wine critics to be classics of the modern age. They have received about as many international awards as all the other producers on the island put together. Thanks to the Messina winery, the Palari Faro, the traditional and impressive flagship of the house, has survived to this day. For in the 1980s, at a time when Sicily's viticulture was on the ground, the beguiling and dreamy Kreszenz was threatened with disappearance. Thanks to Salvatore Geraci and the oenologist Donato Lanati, who developed the recipe, this wine experienced a renaissance when the winery was founded. SUPERIORE.DE
"Salvatore Geraci is an all-rounder on the border to universal genius. He fully embodies the rural heroic dimension of viticulture. For no other than heroic one can call the work that is done in the small ... Good."Gambero Rosso
- Year of foundation: 1990
- Owner: Salvatore Geraci
- Oenologist: Donato Lanati
- Annual production: approx. 50,000 bottles
- Vineyard: approx. 7 hectares
- Biodynamic cultivation (certified)