Sicilia will captivate you, leave you kissed by the sun and caressed by the hills. It is unlike anywhere else. And at the heart of this very special place is La Famiglia – the family.
It will touch you like no other place can. It is Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is where Archimedes taught and Saint Paul preached. It is thirty centuries of history. It is where the mountains greet the sea.
Giuseppe di Lampedusa describes the sun as the true ruler of Sicilia, sitting on its throne like an absolute monarch. That may explain why the pace of life is just that little bit slower here. When the sun retreats and the work is done, relaxation and tranquillity reign.
Sicilians are intensely proud of their family, their land and their country. Cheerful, generous and gracious, they are warm, welcoming hosts. With 1,000 kilometres of coastline, Sicilia is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The world’s first truly multi-cultural society, it wears with pride a diverse, rich and unique history. And winemaking is part of this heritage. The Greeks brought vines to the Island around 800 BC and Sicilia is considered one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world.
Its climate, sunshine, sea breezes and mineral-rich, rocky soil, mean Sicilia is one of the most important vine growing regions in Italy, and the old world.
Vito Curatolo built his winery amongst his vines at Marsala. Founded by the Carthaginians in 397 BC, Marsala or Mars el’Allah in Arabic (the Port of God) is a lovely seaside town, situated on the most Western point of the Island. Roman ruins, Punic warships, medieval churches, Baroque streets and Flemish tapestries give Marsala its character.
And of course it is the birthplace of the world’s most famous fortified wine, which takes its name from the place it came from.
The colours, the smells, the people, the landscape, and the food – all are very unique and special to this amber land. The wines of Curatolo Arini are quintessentially Sicilian. They will transport you to this place where the sun shines long and hot and the warm Mediterranean Sea laps at the land. The Sicilians have a word for their place – Bedda. It means beautiful.