• Founded by one of Sicily’s visionary grape growers and winemakers, Dr. Mario Di Lorenzo, who saw the potential for international grape varieties on the island. • High-altitude vineyards benefit from diurnal temperature shifts and natural ventilation that keeps the grapes health and extends ripening times. • Proximity to the Mediterranean Sea provides maritime influence, mitigating hot summer weather and protecting vines from excessive cold during winter. • Soils rich in clay and calcareous limestone are ideal for the production of international grape varieties like Chardonnay, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. • Cultivation of the Sicilian native grape variety Nero d’Avola gives the winery’s Ventu unique local character. • Ventu means wind in Sicilian dialect, a reference to the excellent ventilation that keeps the grapes cool and healty and makes for freshness in the wines. • Aria means air, another reference to the gentle breeze that rises up from the Mediterranean to the high- altitude slopes. • Baglio (bah-YL’EE-oh) means farmstead in Sicilian dialect. It denotes a farm where with crop diversity, an element that bolsters biodiversity on the property.
Long before Sicilian wineries across the island began focusing on international grape varieties, Dr. Mario Di Lorenzo, the founder of Baglio di Grisì recognized that the Monreale appellation was ideal for the production of world-class Chardonnay, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The family’s small picturesque farm in the hills outside Palermo helped to put the DOC on the map.
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