Valle dell’Acate is located on the Ibleo plateau on the north bank of the Dirillo River valley. The closest city is Vittoria, with 62,000 inhabitants. This is an extremely fertile portion of Sicily, long known for producing wine. At the beginning of the Phylloxera scourge that hit France in the late 1800s, it became one of the major suppliers of wine to France. It was during this time that Gaetano Jacono established his winery, and his descendants have established Valle dell’Acate as one of Sicily’s most important wineries. The current owner, Gaetana Jacono, is named for the founder. That’s a classic Italian tradition, and a name can be either masculine or feminine. Today’s Gaetana is a fireball of action, vibrant, driven and one of the foremost proponents of her region’s wine and food. Her wines are great, beckoning and complex, yet easy to approach. As you look past a simple opening you can see their depth, intrigue and special character. That doesn’t happen often in the wine world. Savory components dominate the wine. It has a mineral-driven nose and you can smell the sea, while on the palate the wine has a viscous nature, thick, dense, almost oily and a long, persistent finish. Gaetana suggests Tempura among other things with this wine.
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