In the early 1980s Salvatore Di Gaetano found an ideal site for his Firriato winery, which also produces the Baglio Sorìa/Santagostino range, near the Sicilian town of Trapani. Firriato is one of Italy's best-known and most renowned wineries, receiving regular praise in the international trade press.
Firriato: a winery with multiple locations
Salvatore Di Gaetano was always convinced that it would be possible to produce special wines around Trapani in the west of Sicily. With the indigenous grape varieties Nero d'Avola, Catarratto and Ansonica, he proved that the quality of the wine lies in the vineyard: the winery now owns 320 hectares of vineyards. These are no longer just located around Trapani, but are also found on the slopes of the volcano Mount Etna and on Favignana island, the largest of the Egadi Islands off the coast of Trapani.
Baglio Sorìa is one of the Firriato estates near Trapani: covering 90 hectares, it offers breathtaking views of the Egadi Islands. Baglio refers to an agricultural estate where people once lived and worked. Salvatore Di Gaetano and his wife Vinzia Novara have brought Baglio Sorìa back to life, turning it into a wine museum and visitor centre.
Which grape varieties are used by Firriato's winegrowers?
Nero d'Avola, Catarratto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah are grown around Baglio Sorìa, and are the basis for the characterful high-quality wines sold under this brand name: all wines with the fragrance of Sicily. The grape varieties benefit from the mild and equable maritime climate. The Firriato winery produces some 4,250,000 bottles per year. The family-run enterprise combines the values of traditional Sicilian wine production with new, innovative methods. In this way, they have developed their very own unmistakeable signature for the Firriato winery which is prized internationally.