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‘LA STAMPA’  PAGE 22.  29 MAY, 2014

-by Paolo Massobrio

“There is an international air in this winery in ‘Alto Belice not only because over 80% of their production is exported internationally but for the presence of Aurelio Di Giovanna’s German wife (great-grandson of Cristoforo that  in the 1860’s founded the winery) and of Melissa Sack, American from Philadelphia (wife of one of the sons Gunther) that together with his brother Klaus are the ‘beating heart’ of the winery.  Then, alongside enologist Gianfranco Zito, one isn’t surprised by French colleague Denis Dubourdie, a ‘great’ in enology, who also consults in Italy.

The search for quality began 30 years earlier with a study of the microclimate and soil composition of the property.  In two diverse vineyard zones (56 hectares for 250,000 bottles) in  the  mountains of the Nature Reserve of Monte Genuardo  and on the other side of Santa Maria del Bosco in Contessa Entellina: in the Sambuca di Sicilia vineyard rows are some of the highest altitude vineyards on the island at 800 meters above sea level.  Since 1997 all of the property is certified organic and managed organically.

Now, tasting their entire range of wines, I was ‘conquered’ by the Nero d’Avola 2012: ruby color, notes of blueberry and spice followed by warmth and an elegant mouth-feel.  Here is the great Nero d’Avola of my memories! 

From the same grapes an excellent Rosato, then turning back to the reds ‘suprising’ is the ‘Helios’ Rosso 2012, blend of later harvest Nero d’Avola (70%) and Syrah (30%) aged in new barrique for 9 months.  Tasting also the white version ‘Helios’ Bianco, it has tropical notes and a very persistent finish.  In this wine the grapes are Grillo (60%) and Sauvignon Blanc (40%).  Next, pure Grillo with perfume of fennel, white peach, mineral and fresh.  Then the ‘Gerbino’ Bianco from Chardonnay (70%), Grillo (25%) and Viognier (5%), aged on the fine lees for 6 months with batonnage with notes of banana, citrus, savory impact on the finish with full acidity.  Also this is a superb wine.





Di Giovanna red wines come into the spotlight!

After years of recognition and press as one of the TOP Southern Italian producers of white and rose wine, Di Giovanna is beginning 2014 with outstanding press for their red wines!  Following a recent review from JamesSuckling with 90 points for the 2010 HELIOS Rosso (the new blend of Nero d’Avola & Syrah)  MUNDUS VINI announces a GOLD MEDAL awarded to the recently released 2012 NERELLO MASCALESE!


“Only 118 wines were awarded gold medals at  the 5th International Organic Wine Award MUNDUS VINI Biofach 2014.  More than 50 jury members from 15 countries were guests in Neustadt on 10th december 2013 and professionally sampled the Nerello Mascalese, which they awarded with a medal for its exceptional quality.”

The 2012 Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese is now available in most major markets.

Please visit the website for more press and awards http://www.di-giovanna.com

Di Giovanna Helios Rosso: “REAL SICILIAN WINE HERE”!


Il Golosario 2014

Di Giovanna Helios Rosso Sicilian red wine featured in the new guide ‘il Golosario’ Guide to the best artisanal products of Italy!

From the press (pneumatic) Rosato 2013

2013 was a fantastic vintage for Rosato where the results will be a lighter, fruitier and very drinkable expression from Nero d’Avola & Nerello Mascalese.

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The grapes for our 2 Rosato’s were made with a selection of fruit from the Fiuminello & San Giacomo vineyard at around 700 meters above sea level, with limestone rich soils.  The organic grapes from this protected nature reserve make a beautiful and fresh rosato, full of aromas and intense minerality.  The grapes are hand-picked, de-stemmed and enter the wine cellar through a stainless steel tube where they are brought to a low temperature.  The grapes and juice then quickly make their way into the press where the the juice is gently extracted for a few hours, achieving the perfect extraction of free run juice, color.    Here is information on pressing if you care to read more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressing_(wine)  From here the beautifully colored juice goes into a stainless steel tank for fermentation.  It is treated like a white wine but made from a red grape.

Rosato is the perfect compromise for white and red wine drinkers, can quickly end any argument and is one of the most versatile wines for food.  The 2013 Rosato’s from Di Giovanna will be bottled in January and available early March 2014.

Gerbino Rosato di Nero d’Avola 2013:  Production 10,000 bottles

Gerbino Rosato di Nerello Mascalese 2013:  Production  8,000 bottles

please email us for more information info@di-giovanna.com

History of the wine press http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_wine_press

NEW RELEASES: Bottling the first wines of the 2012 vintage

We are excited to announce our new releases, just in time for the Spring and to share some new photos from the bottling line.

Freshly bottled at the Di Giovanna winery and ready for enjoyment are:


We had perfect polyphenolic ripeness (perfectly mature grapes!) thanks to extensive defogliating and an ‘Indian summer’ in 2012 that has given us wines with more depth of fruit and round LUSCIOUSNESS! 

1. Sweet and pleasant to taste or smell: a luscious melon. See Synonyms at delicious.
2. Having strong sensual or sexual appeal; seductive.
3. Richly appealing to the senses or the mind: a luscious, vivid description.

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The Rosato di Nerello Mascalese & Rosato di Nero d’Avola 2012 were both made entirely in our press (this is the highest quality method for making Rose wine).  A gentle pressing of the grapes extracts fruitiness and flavor yet not any bitterness or tannins.  We achieved more elegance and balance with the 2012 Rosato’s than ever before.

We hope you enjoy the beginning of a memorable vintage at DI GIOVANNA.

Certified Organic Wine, made in Sicily.

…don’t forget to check out our new website http://www.di-giovanna.com

Vine Pruning: The Beginning of a New Vintage

The official start of the new ‘Vendemmia’ begins with the pruning of the vines (vine training).

Di Giovanna uses the ‘Cordone Speronato’ (Cordon Method) method.  It is a vine training method for producing high quality grapes & less grape clusters.  Cordon means ‘a line of people’ and the trained vines follow a line, each connected to the other.

Here are a few photos of the Di Giovanna team pruning in the Fiuminello vineyards…at 700 meters elevation.

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At Di Giovanna, we leave 4-5 spurs on each plant with 2 buds on each spur at about 5-6 inches apart.  The perfect space between each spur is important to create balance for the vine; it affects the yield per plant and the grape maturity.  As pruning is made by hand on each vine, we are thinking ahead to the green harvest, when we will reduce the quantity of grape clusters by nearly half.

Vines, like people, improve with training!

Di Giovanna presents at Millesime Bio 2013: Certified Organic Wines from Sicily

Thank you to Millesime Bio and all of the visitors who came to our table to meet us and taste our newest wines and the 2012 Gerbino Olive Oil!  It was a pleasure to see you there.

Millesime Bio continues to be the most important tradeshow for certified organic wines in the world.

We hope to see you there next year!!

Gunther, Klaus, Melissa & famiglia Di Giovanna

DI GIOVANNA at MILLESIME BIO 2013: the world’s most important tradeshow for organic wines

Please visit Di Giovanna at Millesime Bio, Montpellier, France this JANUARY 2013,


Stand 208 Hall 12



Taste the new vintages of our organic Sicilian wines and our 2012 Gerbino Olive Oil; meet brothers Gunther & Klaus Di Giovanna.  Millesime Bio is a professional only trade show for certified organic wines.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Holidays from Di Giovanna

Here is a recent photo from the Fiuminello vineyards in the mountains outside of Sambuca di Sicilia.  We had our first snow this December, putting us all in the holiday spirit!

NATALE Di Giovanna 2012

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season.

All the best in 2013!