The Nero d’Avola, translated “The black grape of Avola,” makes a rich, perfumed and velvety red wine that’s easy to drink but that can take a bit of aging.
This wine is made with certified organic grapes. No artificial fertilizers or pesticides are used in the vineyards. A “sexual confusion” pheromone tactic and limited treatments of copper and sulfur prevent pest damage. In order to preserve valuable water, undersoil irrigation is used to minimize evaporation. Purato’s environmental commitment extends into the winery. Purato uses eco-friendly packaging, made from recycled paper, pure vegetable ink on the labels and 85% recycled glass for the bottle.
Owner: Massimo Maggio, Stefano and Marina Girelli
Winemaker: Stefano Chioccioli
Type: Red wine
Varietals: 100% Nero d’Avola
Vineyard Location: Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily
Elevation: 60-90 ft
Soil: Medium-textured soil, lightly sandy and pebbly
Grapes are destemmed and gently pressed. Maceration on the skins for 10-15 days; fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature not exceeding 82°F
6-7 months in stainless steel tanks, plus 1 month in the bottle before the release
Color: Deep purple red color
Bouquet: The nose reveals intense fruity notes of blackberry and blueberry compote, together with smoky and spicy notes
Flavor: On the palate it is extraordinarily round and complete, with a natural and effortless balance of tannin and acidity, structure and length.
Pairings: Enjoy with pastas with tomato-based sauces, red meats, barbecued pork ribs or grilled steak
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Serving Temperature: 60-65°F
Production: 200,000 bottles