"Discover Sicily in the heart of the Mediterranean"
POINTS OF INTEREST
• The dark soil is planted with international varietals, Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnay; and the light soil with native varietals, Insolia and Nero d'Avola.
• King Philip II of Spain bestowed the title of Prince of Butera on Ambrogio Branciforte, who owned the estate, in 1543.
• The vineyard parcels of our flagship wines run east to west and not north to south, which is much more common.
Name: Large land estate of the Prince of Butera.
Location: Situated in the southeastern part of the Province of Caltanissetta, within the DOC district of Riesi, Sicily. The estate is about two hours from Sicily's regional capital, Palermo. The property has 334 acres dedicated to vineyards, as well as 3,000 olive trees.
Elevation: 740 ft. above sea level.
Soil: Calcareous with layers of fine clay.
Climate: Mediterranean, average temperatures ranging from 46°- 50°F in the winter to 82°- 95°F in the summer.
Training System: Spurred Cordon.
Vine Density: Approximately 4,850 vines per hectare.
Varietals: Chardonnay, Insolia, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Nero d'Avola and Petit Verdot.
Feudo Principi di Butera is an estate that once belonged to noble families such as Sicily's first prince, Ambrogio Branciforte, who lived there in 1543. In 1997, after in-depth research on the best-suited areas to cultivate Nero d'Avola grapes, the Zonin family acquired and restored the estate. Its hilly terrain, proximity to the sea, optimal elevation and abundance of sunlight, combined with rich soil, provide ideal conditions to yield outstanding wines.