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Diego and Alberto Cusumano

The extraordinary variety that their land offers is a gift that Diego and Alberto Cusumano accept with dedication and transform into experience. This variety is a virtue which they nurture and share with a passion.
Diego and Alberto Cusumano manage this medium-sized winery.
"It all began with Francesco, our father. He was the first to work with wine and to understand the special aspects of wine production in Sicily. When we decided to start our project in 2000, we knew that we would have to work with our own vineyards and only be allowed to use our own grapes. We travelled throughout Sicily with our father, looking for the best area. We started our journey near Partinico where there was already a winery. That was the most logical starting point. The first winery we acquired was Tenuta Ficuzza in Piana degli Albanesi. A mountainous area of Sicily between Palermo and Corleone. From there we travelled to Butera, now the site of Tenuta San Giacomo. That's where we produce our Nero d'Avola Sàgana. The grapes grow in white soil which looks like the Sicilian nougat torrone. After that, we bought Tenuta Presti e Pegni and Tenuta Monte Pietroso, both in Monreale, again near Palermo, and then finally conquered Mount Etna with our Alta Mora project."
The Tenuta San Giacomo land is like Sicilian nougat: white and pure.

Tenuta San Giacomo

"One day when we were here, a local farmer picked up a handful of soil and said: do you see that? It's like white nougat. The Tenuta San Giacomo land is like Sicilian nougat: white and pure, with almonds and pistachios concealed inside. The soil here consists of limestone and the sunlight is strong. There are great differences in temperature between day and night because we are still up in the hills at 400 metres above sea level. Tenuta San Giacomo is home to the perfect Nero d'Avola the best example of the natural power of Sicilian wines as well as the typical elegance and freshness of this perfect grape variety that come from the altitude and the calcareous soil. Nero d'Avola is an emblem of Sicily that attains its full, well-balanced ripeness in such an extraordinary soil. The same winery also produces Alimo, a blend of Nero d'Avola and Merlot."
The soil here is loamy and compact which gives the wines a greater complexity.

Tenuta Presti e Pegni

"Tenuta Presti e Pegni is in Monreale, on hills where the vineyards are exposed to the full sun from early till late in the day. Occasionally there is a sea breeze from around 10 kilometres away which is a little refreshing and cools the air. The soil here is loamy and compact which gives the wines a greater complexity, starting with their colour. Because of the character of the soil, the microclimate and the ancient Nero d'Avola vineyards here, we decided to focus on international grape varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, above all, Syrah. It's the birthplace of our Super Sicilian Noà produced from Nero d'Avola, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, as well as Benuara, which is a blend of Syrah and Nero d'Avola. In both cases the yields are low, which means we select the grapes with care. We give each vineyard the time it needs. There's no hurry. This has characterized our ever-changing path up until now."

Wines from Diego and Alberto Cusumano