The group that I run, ItalianFWT standing for Italian food, wine and travel, covers month by month all regions within Italy relating to these 3 areas of concentration. At the beginning of the month we featured the largest island in Italy, Sicily. I had received some samples from Prestige Wine Imports on the wines of Stemmari, but unfortunately had come down with the flu that week. I recently sampled one Sunday night, 2012 Stemmari Dalila. It’s a wine made of 80% grillo and 20 % viognier that is aged in French oak for 8 months.
The winery’s name, Stemmari, originates from the root “stemma”, which correlates to the coat of arms that is displayed at the winery that was once used by nobility during the 17th Century, according to Prestige Wine Imports. The Stemmari winery is located in the town of Acate in the Ragusa province of Sicily located in south eastern Sicily. The Stemmari brand and Feudo Arancio are one in the same if you have heard of both names. Owned by one of the wine giants in Italy, Mezzacorona, the Stemmari brand is a large exporter to the US. Their portfolio of wines include single varietals like nero d’avola, chardonnay, pinot grigio, moscato, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and even a sparkling grillo. Yes, I said sparkling grillo. Can’t wait to try that one! They even have some blends as well as the Dalila wine I’m sharing with you today.
There is great story or rather a “romantic idea”behind the name of this wine, Dalila, and the label that Stemmari shared with me. The music notes on the label actually go to a song that describe the love story between the daughter of the owner who had owned the winery, Dalila, and one of the workers, Cantadoro. One of the other wines from their portfolio is named Cantadoro as well with the similar label. I know many people buy bottles based on the label and this is one of those bottles that's eye catching and to have a story follow it like that, how can it not intrigue you?
I can’t wait to share with you some of the other wines from this winery. Have you visited Stemmari or what are some of your favorite winery visits in Sicily?
You can find more about the Italian wine regions including Sicily using this beautiful and detailed map.
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