Sicilia Noto Rosso DOC

The new Nero d'Avola style

A grand family of wine, enchanted by Sicily, discovered the hamlet of Zisola near Noto, an area of rare beauty. This wine is made from traditional "Alberello" (bushy) vines grown in the ancient area of Noto.

Appellation: Sicilia DOC
Winery location: Contrada Zisola - Noto (Siracusa)
Grape varieties: Nero d'Avola
Alcohol: 13,90% vol.
Total acidity: 5,90‰
Vineyards location: 130 m.a.s.l.; S/E exposure
Soil: Medium texture, calcareous and mineral
Training system: Head-pruned bush vines
Nr. of vines per hectare: 5,550
Harvest: Hand picked from Aug. 29th to Sept. 24th
Fermentation temperature: 26 - 28° C
Period of maceration: 14 - 16 days
Aging: 10 months in small french oak barrels (225 lt / 33% new)
Bottling: December 2013
Available on the market: June 2014
Production: 120,000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml - 1,5 lt - 3 lt
First vintage: 2004
Aging potential: Up to 10 years
Key descriptors: Well built, forest fruits and sunny orange peel flavors, long and layered taste
Food pairing: Spicy fish soups, savoury pasta and rice dishes, grilled red meats and vegetables

Technical sheet


This year Zisola benefited from optimal weather conditions. Therefore, this harvest is particularly promising, with a concentrated wine characterised by strong fruity scents and bright colours. After a winter period mainly cold and rainy, the rain was abundant until the middle of March. Spring was hot and dry, with temperatures already reaching 30°C in the first half of the season. Summer was warmer than the seasonal average values, with small and positive increases in the temperatures in July and August. Thanks to the poor rain in summer, the conditions were ideal for the phytosanitary health of the grapes. The lack of rain persisted even after the harvest.
Beginning of the harvest: 29/08
End of the harvest: 22/09
Rainfalls (sum of rainfall between April 1st and September 30th): 104 mm
Temperature Index (sum of average daily temperatures from April 1st to September 30th): 4,440 °C
Evaluation: Good