After more than a decade representing some of Italy’s finest producers we decided to have a go ourselves! Terra Firma is our first ‘own label’ project - the label has been designed exclusively for Winetraders and I now spend a week in Sicily early each year tasting my way through dozens of tanks of base wine to decide on a final blend that, in my mind, captures the best of Italy.
Nero d’Avola from its original home near Pachino can often be a little soupy so we’ve enlivened it with about 40% fruit sourced high in the mountains near Palermo; the wine is ripe and full-bodied but it still has a lively lick of acidity. It’s enticing, plummy but elevated above the ranks of the bland and merely wet by genuine character. The Catarratto is a bright, zesty white with delicate, peachy fruit. It does everything that Pinot Grigio can do but with considerably more charisma.