The Cantina Battiati is a young and little reality born from the passion of Francesco Battiati, Great-grandson of “Don” Stefano Laurenzano who bought a land in Solicchiata in 1910 by planting a vineyard. Later it was Dr Salvatore Battiati to buy over the years the entire vineyard of his grandfather, taking over the parts of the same property divided among the legitimate heirs, thus managing to keep the memory of him alive and the family tradition.
Since then, in the Contrada Piano Daini in Solicchiata, one of the seven hamlet of Castiglione di Sicilia, particularly suited for the cultivation of vine, for generations have been grown only native varieties of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, in total respect for the territory.
The vineyard is located at about 630 meters u.s.l., in an area characterized by the highest active volcano in Europe which gives great qualities to its fruits and in particular to the wine, giving it an incomparable minerality and flavor. Furthermore, the strong temperature variations determine an elegance that makes it Worldwide unique.
Carefully to the values of tradition and quality, our vines find the maximum expression of “verticality” in the ancient manual “sapling” cultivation that allows them to push the root system deeper and to come in contact with all the ground layers.
No use of herbicides or pesticides for our plants, only green copper and sulfur, a lot of work and a great joy being still able to work the ancient branches planted by wise and expert hands of the past.
After having planted his vineyard, Don Stefano abandoned the urban comforts of Castiglione di Sicilia and moved to live in Solicchiata where he built a Millstone, a small stable and two mansions; a smaller one for itself and the other a little bigger, semi-underground, containing a barrel of about 5 thousand liters still existing. He didn’t bring money with him, but his donkey only.
To his wife and children, who occasionally went to visit him, he left the availability of the “things” and the money he had.
He lived by baratto for the rest of his life, using only wine as currency exchange.
…That’s all Folks about the bottle of wine you hold by hands.