The story of our family is one of togetherness. It is the tale of a man who saw possibility. And of those that came after and continued to live his dream.
Ours is a history deeply rooted in the landscape of Sicilia.
It begins in 1875. Garibaldi had conquered Sicilia in 1860 and the Kingdom of Naples followed. Italy was unified. A young Vito Curatolo Arini decided to build a winery at the centre of his vineyards at Marsala. Arini was Vito’s mother’s family name. It was not uncommon then to take both one’s father and mother’s surnames.
Vito used Arini to distinguish himself amongst others with the Curatolo name because he had a dream.
He would take his own premium Marsala to the world.
Vito was an innovator with modern sensibilities. And he had grand plans. He wanted to focus on producing quality wines and developing new, overseas markets. And he was prepared to do things differently.
Vito commissioned Ernesto Basile, a well-known architect from Palermo, to design the label for his first Marsala. Basile was father of the Sicilian ‘Liberty style’ or Art Nouveau. This label is still currently used and is admired throughout the world for its originality and elegance. With a talent for the business, hard work and tenacity, he managed very quickly to turn the winery into a very successful exporter of Marsala.
Curatolo Arini was one of the very first to export to the USA, South America and Europe, competing with the greatest Marsala exporters at the time. The many awards Vito received for his efforts are testimony to both his entrepreneurial skills and the quality of the Curatolo Arini product.
Each generation has added a new chapter to the Curatolo Arini story by continuing this proud tradition of winemaking. We are the oldest family owned Marsala producer in Sicilia.
For more than 135 years our family’s enthusiasm, passion and commitment to making fine wines have never lessened.In the late 1970s, the Curatolo Family made the decision to add a range of still wines, made only from local Sicilian grape varieties, which express the unique character and flavours of the Sicilian terroir.
As a company we pride ourselves on carrying on Vito’s legacy and always looking forward. At Vito’s death in 1896, running of the winery passed to his sons Francesco, Vito, Leonardo and Giuseppe, to continue to realize his dream. Later, Antonio had an important role in the development of the company, giving an added value to our products thanks to his chemical skills and savoir faire. Today, Vito’s grandson Roberto, and great-grandson Sergio, manage the winery, recently joined by Roberto’s son Riccardo and Sergio’s daughter, Victoria.