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HELIOS BIANCO 2016
IGP Terre Siciliane

IGP Sicilia
Zone: Sambuca di Sicilia / Contessa Entellina
Vineyard: Fiuminello / Paradiso
Terroir: Limestone, Tufaceous, Calcareous soils
Altitude: 830 meters/ 450 meters
Yield per Vine: 1,6 kg.
Varietals: 70% Grillo , 30% Chardonnay
ABV: 13.5% Vol

The Di Giovanna family has been cultivating organic vineyards for five generations in western Sicily, just outside the town of Sambuca di Sicilia. Brothers Gunther & Klaus manage the family’s 56 hectare estate and winery where their hand crafted wines are made and bottled. Their wines are made exclusively with estate fruit, produced in the Di Giovanna wine cellar and are certified organic by Suolo e
Salute SRL.

Wine Description:
Helios, the Greek god of sun, is named after father Aurelio Di Giovanna who pioneered the planting of Chardonnay at some of the highest altitudes in Sicily in the late 1980’s at the Fiuminello vineyard of Monte Genuardo. Helios Bianco is a small production wine, a selection of Di Giovanna’s best fruit from the vintage. This unique blend is the pure expression of Sicily’s light and terroir.

The Chardonnay grapes come from the Fiuminello vineyard, inside the protected nature reserve of Monte Genuardo at 830 meters above sea level, just below the moutains. The Grillo from the gentle slopes of the Paradiso vineyard in the zone of Contessa Entellina. The grapes are hand picked during cool morning or evening temperatures, destemmed
and pressed overnight. Fermentation of the ‘primo fiore’ in stainless steel tank and 2 french barriques for the Grillo. Aged on the fine lees for 9 months in stainless steel tank. The wine is cold stabilization and fined with bentonite.

Production:
5,200 750 ml bottles, 200 magnums