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Month: October, 2012

How Di Giovanna does olive oil

The harvest of the olives at Di Giovanna has begun for the 2012 GERBINO Olio!  Each year harvest starts a bit earlier than most growers in the area, this means less extraction but more freshness, concentration and lower acidity.   The Di Giovanna team hand harvests alternating days harvesting Biancolilla and Nocellara del Belice on the 11 hectares owned by the Di Giovanna family.

The olives are cold pressed each evening in a certified organic facility in Sambuca di Sicilia, overseen by Gunther & Klaus.  The oil is decanted in stainless steel tank at the Di Giovanna wine cellar before bottling and packaging.

Here are a few photos from the first day of the olive harvest (October 19th) and at the olive oil press.

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The 2012 Gerbino Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) will be available in November!  Please call or email us for pricing and availability…


Vendemmia 2012 at Di Giovanna, Sicily

 The 2012 VENDEMMIA at Di Giovanna was a turning point with in-house enologist Carlo Tambussi at the helm and new consultant Denis Dubourdieu Group.  This has made for exciting changes and improvements in the vineyard management and winemaking process.  The team, together, has worked at their highest level with a great sense of unity and teamwork- like never before.

Enologist Gianfranco Zito, alongside Carlo Tambussi and cantiniere Salvatore & Calogero in the Di Giovanna wine cellar.


The quality of product is consistent for the 2012 whites (Chardonnay, Grillo, Grecanico, Viognier & Sauvignon Blanc) which were harvested at night and our rosato (Rosato di Nerello Mascalese & Rosato di Nero d’Avola). We will see a significant increase for the reds (Merlot, Nero d’Avola, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon & Nerello Mascalese); as longer time on the vine, waiting patiently for the ‘perfect’ harvest time, gave greater maturity to the reds.

As far as temperature, it was a HOT summer with little fall rain and warm temperatures continuing through September.   The Di Giovanna vineyards are always blessed with refreshing wind and cool nights thanks to the high elevation, retaining the bright minerality and great acidity associated with the wines.