The Di Giovanna family traces its winemaking origins back to 1860 when Cristoforo Ciaccio planted his first vineyards in 1860. Today, brothers Klaus and Gunther Di Giovanna manage this Sicilian family estate located southwest of Palermo. Its 56 hectares of organically certified (since 1997) vineyards are spread across five different vineyard sites at relatively high elevations. One vineyard is located in the Monte Genuardo Nature Reserve at 650 meters. They produce 250 thousand bottles of wine annually. The wines are made by Gianfranco Zito with the advice of the Denis Dubourdieu consulting group. The wines are satisfying, easy drinking with the reds showing the best. For more on Sicilian wines, read our Report #37 The Wines of Sicily.
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Di Giovanna 2016 Vurria Grillo Terre Siciliane 89 Fresh and crisp on the attack, this is a cleanly made Grillo showing notes of blanched almonds, chamomile, and cured lemon. It’s full and bright in the mouth and lingers on the finish. A blend of 70% Grillo and 30% Chardonnay from the Contessa Entellina zone, hand picked, given a cold soak, fermented, and left on the lees for six months.
Di Giovanna 2015 Helios Bianco Terre Siciliane 88 Showing touches of honeyed chamomile on the nose, this is an easy drinking, softly textured wine. Light notes of honey, melon, and cling peach show on the palate. A blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Grillo. The Grillo sees some oak aging.
Di Giovanna 2015 Siciliani Bianco Riserva Naturale Monte Genuardo Terre Siciliane 89 Honeyed aromas of stone fruit give way to an easy drinking palate of ripe yellow fruit and acacia with good balancing acidity.
Di Giovanna 2016 Gerbino Rosato di Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane 89 Pale pink in color, this Nerello Mascalese rosé reveals scents of rose petals and ripe red berries. It has a soft attack, medium acidity and good balance. It’s easy, pleasant drinking.
Di Giovanna 2014 Helios Rosso Terre Siciliane IGP 91 This red blend shows especially well with an abundance of rich dark red fruit accented by earth, tobacco and licorice. It has a firm structure with round tannins and an especially appealing, long savory finish.
Di Giovanna 2015 Siciliani Rosso Riserva Naturale Monte Genuardo Terre Siciliane 91 Pleasingly aromatic and richly flavored, this Rosso reveals dense, fresh dark cherry and plum with hints of vanilla, tobacco, and a touch of charred oak. It finishes long with fine, firm tannins.
Di Giovanna 2015 Siciliani Nero d’Avola Riserva Naturale Monte Genuardo Terre Siciliane 90 This dark fruited wine is big and full and firmly structured. It reveals a pleasant pepper spice that complements the sweet dark fruit. Delicious and dry on the finish.