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Caravaglio, Chianu Cruci 2018

Golden and bright, a variety of aromas emerge from this wine: yellow flowers (chamomile), fine herbs (basil, rosemary, lesser calamint), followed by ripe yellow-pulp fruit (loquat, mango). This is a tangy wine with a long persistence in the mouth.

Origin

IGP Salina, Italy

Grape

80% Malvasia, 20% other local varieties such as Catarratto and Grillo

ABV

12%

Volcanic Activity

Salina is made up of calc-alkaline basaltic to andesitic stratovolcanoes (Rivi, Capo, and Corvo), which are overlain by two andesitic cones (Monte Felci and Monte Porri)

Producer Profile

Nino (Antonino) Caravaglio comes from a historical family of Salina, the central island of the archipelago. In Salina, agriculture has always played a fundamental role, even surpassing that of fishing.
For centuries, the key products of the economy of this land were wine and capers. Nino’s father collected 2500 kg of capers per year and produced red wine (nerello mascalese and cappuccio, perricone, calabrese, diavola ...) that was sold as bulk wine or in wooden barrels, intended as blending wine for the Italian and French market.
Due to the early death of his father, it was the determination and sacrifice of his mother that supported Nino through schooling, at the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Catania. He inherited 2 hectares of vineyards and began his adventure in 1989, with the goal of developing the quality of the product.
Aiming at quality immediately meant an important choice: organic farming. Today, the Azienda Agricola Caravaglio has about 20 hectares, divided into many parcels, some of which are on the other islands of the Aeolian archipelago as well. Nino manages the entire supply chain, from production to sale of the bottled wine, with insights that have opened to innovative ways, without ever betraying history and traditions.

Grape Profile

Malvasia is an ancient family of grapes that includes a diverse collection of noble varieties. These grapes are capable of producing wine of any feasible color in dry, sparkling and sweet styles. There are dozens of regional synonyms for and sub-varieties of Malvasia, painting the picture of a well-traveled family that has adapted to numerous environments. In the 21st Century, Malvasia is produced in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and the United States. Malvasia has a strong historical and viticultural association with islands and some of the most distinctive examples of the wine come from these maritime environments. Most famously, Malmsey wine is made from various members of the Malvasia group on the Portuguese island of Madeira in the North Atlantic.

Region Profile

The Azienda Agricola Caravaglio Antonino is located on the island of Salina, in the Aeolian archipelago.

We are in the center of the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily, in an archipelago that is extraordinary because of its naturalistic beauty, its magnetic active volcanoes and the socio-ethno-anthropological charm of a culture that keeps the traditions linked to fishing and agriculture alive.

Nino (Antonino) Caravaglio comes from a historical family of Salina, the central island of the archipelago. In Salina, agriculture has always played a fundamental role, even surpassing that of fishing.
For centuries, the key products of the economy of this land were wine and capers.Chianu Cruci is the name of a part of Valdichiesa, a beautiful valley between the two volcanoes of the Island of Salina.

Viticulture

Soil: Volcanic and sandy Vines are cultivated in vineyards on the islands of Salina and Lipari with maximum respect for the
environment.

Vinification

• Grapes harvested manually the second week of September
• Destemmed and left to macerate
• Skin maceration (3 weeks) then separated and rested
• Racked
• no fining
• Slight filtration
• no added sulphur

Suggested Food:

Fresh seafood, salads, vegetable and shelfish pasta, grilled prawns and octopus, apéro with antipasti

Try it with:

Marinated and grilled octopus