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Grape Harvest 2013: A Vintage Year for Sicily
Despite delays due to the spring rains, the fall's main event has arrived with the punctuality of a little Swiss watch: the grape harvest — a joyous get-together and an unmissable opportunity to rediscover one of Italy's oldest agricultural traditions.
Every year, the grape harvest is a celebration bringing distant regions together to mark a veritable cultural event and an all-round sensory adventure. An event where tourists and wine lovers, eager to tend the vines for the day, are invited to the festive fields: from harvesting the grapes, where skilled hands pass on secrets to the uninitiated, to sampling local still and sparkling wines. The nectar of Bacchus never grows old.
Compared with recent years, the 2013 grape harvest is starting a couple of weeks late, but an excellent year is already being predicted. On the back of a growing world market, the Produced in Italy label is preparing to put Italian wines firmly back on tables all over the world.
Come with us on a journey to rediscover the tastes of yesterday, starting in the south in Sicily and finishing in the north in Piedmont and Veneto, not forgetting Tuscany, of course: a selection of Italian regions inviting us to celebrate what promises to be a memorable harvest.
This year is no exception; the path of good taste starts out from Sicily, which thanks to a pleasant spring has paved the way for a successful Italian grape harvest. The excellent qualities of this sun-bathed land are looking particularly good for white varieties, thanks to a promising harvest of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Grillo and Chardonnay, and rewarding production in the cellars of Agrigento, less than 100 km from Palermo. After snipping the ripest grapes in the vineyard, crates full of bottled wine stand by, ready to be tasted in the cellars of Milazzo, just an hour's drive from Catania.
But indigenous red wines are also ready to dazzle with their ruby-red tones, such as the famous Nero d'Avola from Ragusa, which is also highly regarded abroad, especially with the Chinese, Russians and Americans, and the Syrah from Syracuse, intense and elegant with their purple tones. And last but not least, we come to dessert wines, a symbol of the volcanic landscape of Pantelleria: Zibibbo and Moscato, which are a perfect treat when drunk with cheeses and pastries.
All that remains for us to do is wish you a wonderful trip to Sicily. Happy tasting!
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