Tornatore Francesco

Region: Sicily

Tornatore’s vineyards are one of the largest the Etna DOC production area.
Tornatore’s vineyards count several locations in different districts: among them the remarkable contrade of Bragaseggi, Piano dei Daini, Zottorinotto, Pietrarizzo, Malpasso, Pietramarina, Torre Guarino, Carranco and Trimarchisa, all in the Castiglione di Sicilia Municipality.

The altitude ranges from 550 to 700 meters above sea level and the age of the vineyards varies from 3 to 40 years for the Reds and 3 to 10 years for the Whites. The Company’s vineyards have been recently reorganized in order to improve the quality standards and maintain the bond both with the territory and the winemaking traditions (high plant density, rigidly native variety).

Particular attention has been paid to the processing of our vineyards. A high number of vines per hectare (approx. 6,000) has been maintained and an upwards-trained vertical-trellised system has been selected with 3/4 cordon spurs and a distance of mt 2.20×0.80. There are about 4 hectares of gobelets with a distance of mt 1.10×1.10.
The existing vines are Etna’s native in compliance with the rules of Etna DOC wines production. in particular:
• Red Berry Nerello Mascalese and Nero Cappuccio
• White Berry Carricante and Catarratto

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