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Young and dynamic winery, in the last years has concentrated its efforts on the quality of vineyards and of wine making, confirmed by results and awarded by excellent good value wines

 In the heart of the province of Trapani, on the top of a mountain from which it is possible to enjoy a wonderful view, surrounded by suggestive streets, history and monuments witness of the passage of many cultures, is located the enchanting city of Erice, in which is located - besides the many things - the Foundation and Center for Scientific Culture “Ettore Majorana” founded by the Nobel prize Antonino Zichichi. Few kilometers from the top of the mountain where it is located Erice, is found Fulgatore, the town where are established Fazio winery's headquarter, not very far from Segesta, renowned for its famous and suggestive temple, one of the few examples of ancient monuments which arrived in good conditions up to our times. In this area - whose territory has been recently recognized as Erice DOC (Denominazione d'Origine Controllata, Denomination of Controlled Origin) - are located Fazio winery's vineyards, in the hills surrounding mount Erice in an enchanting and unique view.


The headquarter of Fazio Winery
The headquarter of Fazio Winery

 Despite Fazio winery was established in 1998, the history of this winery is long of four generations which have put their commitment with passion and efforts in viticulture and wine making. The long tradition has been continued and renewed by Vincenzo and Girolamo Fazio, who introduced in the winery new structures and wine making techniques, therefore meeting the needs for a modern marketing. The renewal process has initially focused on the management of vineyards done by a team of experts and led by wine maker Giacomo Ansaldi, who worked to the improvement of production, focusing on autochthonous varieties without neglecting the most important international grapes. In order to strengthen the bonds between territory and production, Vincenzo Fazio has been involved in a project which led to the recognition of Erice DOC (Denominazione d'Origine Controllata, Denomination of Controlled Origin), whose production will be recognized by the new disciplinary from vintage 2005 on.

 The vineyards of Fazio Winery cover an area of about 100 hectares (247 acres), planted in hills at an altitude from 250 and 500 meters (820-1640 feet), in areas specifically selected for their exposition, microclimate characteristics and the geological characteristics of the soil. In these places, in which blow winds from the north and sea breezes, are cultivated the vineyards of Fazio winery and which, after harvesting, will produce their wines. The vineyards are mainly cultivated with the typical autochthonous grapes of Sicily: Inzolia, Grillo, Catarratto as for white berried grapes - including Muscat Blanc - and Nero d'Avola, as for red berried grapes. In the vineyards of Fazio winery are also cultivated the international varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, also known as Shiraz. However, among the “international” grapes, Fazio winery is particularly involved in the cultivation of Müller Thurgau, planted at an altitude of 500 meters (1640 feet), producing with this grape an interesting wine.


A view of Fazio winery's
vineyards. In the background the temple of Segesta
A view of Fazio winery's vineyards. In the background the temple of Segesta

 The structure hosting the cellar of Fazio winery includes the most advanced technologies, in respect of the architectural style of Sicily, in harmony with the surrounding nature. The complex is made of two distinct areas. The receptive structure, in which are located the offices and the wine shop, and the productive structure, in which it is also located a large underground cellar. Fazio winery also has cellars used for the aging of wine in which the temperature is constantly controlled. The grapes - soon after harvesting - are vinified according to the type of wine to be made. As for white wines, after destemming, the must is allowed to be in contact with the skins at a temperature of 4° C (39° F), soft crushing of berries and a very slow fermentation at a controlled temperature. As for red wines, the grapes are destemmed first and the skins are left to macerate in the must at a controlled temperature ranging from 25° and 28° C (77-82° F), in variable times and according to the type of wine to be made.


 

 In the beginning, the production of Fazio winery was mainly destined to the Italian market, however it took little time to catch the attention of other countries, the wines of Fazio went beyond the borders of Italy. Today the wines of this Sicilian winery are commercialized - besides Italy - in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Japan, United States of America, Canada, Singapore and Australia. The management of Fazio winery is completely done by the family. Vincenzo Fazio, managing director of the winery, is also in charge for the coordination of production and commercialization; his wife Roberta manages and supervise purchases, supervise the feasibility of materials used in the winery as well as of the image; Girolamo Fazio is in charge for any legal aspect and the relationships with institutions; his wife Lilly is in charge of the commercialization of wines, export and penetration of markets.

 The production of Fazio winery - with a total yearly production of 700,000 bottles - is made of four ranges: “Linea Classica”, “Linea i Bagli”, “Linea ╔lite” and “Linea Spumanti”. The Linea Classica includes Brusìo, produced with Inzolia and Chardonnay grapes; Gàbal, produced with Nero d'Avola and shortly aged in cask; Montèlimo, produced with Nero d'Avola and Merlot grapes. The Linea i Bagli range is made of Torre dei Venti, produced with Nero d'Avola and aged in cask; Shiraz, aged in cask; three white wines respectively produced with 100% Inzolia, Grillo and Catarratto. The Linea ╔lite is made of Müller Thurgau, one of the best known white wines of Fazio winery; Merlot, aged in barrique; Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in barrique; PietraSacra, produced with Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d'Avola and Merlot, aged in barrique. Very interesting are the two wines making the spumanti range: Petali Brut, made with Chardonnay and produced with long Charmat method, and Petali Moscato, produced with 100% Muscat Blanc with Charmat method.

 




Score legend

Fair    Pretty Good    Good
Very Good    Excellent
Wine that excels in its category Wine that excels in its category
Good value wine Good value wine
Prices are to be considered as indicative. Prices may vary according to the country
or the shop where wines are bought




Brusio 2005, Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Brusio 2005
Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Grapes: Inzolia (60%), Chardonnay (40%)
Price: € 5.50 Score:
The wine shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of peach, pear and pineapple followed by aromas of hawthorn, apple and broom. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of peach, pear and pineapple. Brusìo ages in steel tanks.
Food Match: Fried fish, Crustaceans appetizers, Pasta and risotto with crustaceans and fish



Grillo 2005, Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Grillo 2005
Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Grapes: Grillo
Price: € 6,50 Score: Wine that excels in its category
The wine shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of peach, hawthorn and pear followed by aromas of broom, almond, apple and pineapple. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of peach, pear and apple. This Grillo ages in steel tanks and for 3 months in bottle.
Food Match: Pasta and risotto with fish, Broiled crustaceans, Sauteed fish



MŘller Thurgau 2005, Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Müller Thurgau 2005
Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Grapes: Müller Thurgau
Price: € 8,00 Score:   Good value wine
The wine shows a brilliant greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of peach, grape and pear followed by aromas of orange, pineapple, litchi, yellow rose, broom and apple. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a crisp attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of grape, peach and litchi. This Müller Thurgau ages in steel tanks and for 3 months in bottle.
Food Match: Pasta with crustaceans and fish, Broiled crustaceans and fish



GÓbal Nero d'Avola 2004, Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Gàbal Nero d'Avola 2004
Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Grapes: Nero d'Avola
Price: € 8.00 Score:
The wine shows a brilliant ruby red color and nuances of ruby red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean and pleasing aromas which start with hints of black cherry, blackberry and plum followed by aromas of blueberry, violet, carob and tobacco. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and pleasing roundness, however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry and blackberry. Gàbal ages in cask for some months.
Food Match: Stuffed pasta, Sauteed meat with mushrooms, Broiled meat and barbecue



Torre dei Venti Nero d'Avola 2004, Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Torre dei Venti Nero d'Avola 2004
Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Grapes: Nero d'Avola
Price: € 8.00 Score:   Good value wine
The wine shows an intense ruby red color and nuances of purple red, moderate transparency. The nose denotes intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas that start with hints of black cherry, plum and blackberry followed by aromas of raspberry, blueberry, violet, vanilla, carob and pink pepper. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a slightly tannic attack and however balanced by alcohol, good body, intense flavors. The finish is persistent with flavors of black cherry, plum and blackberry. This Nero d'Avola ages in cask for 8-10 months followed by 12 months of aging in bottle.
Food Match: Roasted meat, Broiled meat and barbecue, Stewed meat



Petali Moscato 2005, Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Petali Moscato 2005
Fazio (Sicily, Italy)
Grapes: Muscat Blanc
Price: € 10.00 Score:
The wine shows an intense greenish yellow color and nuances of greenish yellow, very transparent, good effervescence, fine and persistent perlage. The nose reveals intense, clean, pleasing and refined aromas which start with hints of grape and peach followed by aromas of pear, medlar, apple, litchi, pineapple, broom and sage. The mouth has good correspondence to the nose, a sweet, crisp and effervescent attack, however balanced, light body, intense flavors, agreeable. The finish is persistent with flavors of grape, peach and litchi. This sparkling wine is produced with the Charmat method.
Food Match: Cream desserts, Fruit desserts, Panettone, Pandoro



Fazio Casa Vinicola in Erice - Via Capitano Rizzo, 39 - 91010, Fulgatore - Erice, Trapani (Italy) - Tel. +39 923 811700 Fax. +39 932 811654 - Winemaker: Giacomo Ansaldi, Giuseppe Clementi - Established: 1998 - Production: 700.000 bottles - E-Mail: info@faziowines.it - WEB: www.faziowines.it


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