Meridio is a tiny vineyard near Chiaramonte Gulfi which is still cultivated based on a traditional practice. We call Meridio the vineyard with canes as only natural products are allowed inside the vineyard. The sapling leans on the cane which are tied with the “liama” (a local weed).Only natural fertilizer like copper and sulfur are used while all the processing is hand driven.
THE WINEMAKER GEOLOGISTS
Two geologists, Gaetano Luca and Gianni Salafia, and a dream: making wine.
The idea was to make wine for real as true winemakers.
Two friends also joined this adventure who share the same passion as well as Meridio’s values and philosophy in a combination of tradition and natural approach.Our wine making philosophy is based on the traditional way of making wine followed in the area of the Iblei hills in Sicily.
We have applied an ancient vine growing technique, we call it the vineyard with the canes. This vine cultivation technique used to be very popular in the Iblei hills area, however has now been lost. Our mission was to rediscover this practice. Although this is a difficult technique to manage it is wholly natural and maintains a perfect balance with the plant.
The sapling leans on the cane (Arundo) and it is tied with the “liama”, a natural tying weed αμπελος=grapevine δεσμος=tied
We use only natural fertilizer such as copper and sulfur and all processing is done by hand.
“Liama” Terre Siciliane IGP – 2016
Red Nero d’Avola, Frappato, Alicante • Vines Average Age 10 years • South Exposure • Marls, sands and limestone dominant clays Soil • Altitude 350 mt asl • 10 days skin maceration in stainless steel vats and malolactic fermentation occurred in the same vats • 6 months maturation in Stainless steel • 3 months bottle fining before the release
“Arundo” Terre Siciliane IGP – 2015
Red 100% Alicante • Vines Average Age 10 years • South Exposure • Marls, sands and limestone dominant clays Soil • Altitude 350 mt asl • 10 days skin maceration in stainless steel vats and malolactic fermentation occurred in the same vats • 16 months maturation in french oak tonneaux • 6 months bottle fining before the release