Ciello Rosso ‘Nero d’Avola’ – Cantine Rallo, Terre Siciliane IGP


Classic Nero d’Avola flavours of dark almost roasted fruits – think black cherries and red and dark plums with a nice touch of spice. There’s some liquorice and then the finish hints at coffee and bitter chocolate, a bit of leather, raisins and a whiff of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Great value wine, won’t blow your head off either. Good for strong meat dishes or try it by an open fire on the beach. (Adhering to common-sense and safety and Leave no Trace rules obviously).

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Southern Italy is the toe, heel, and ankle of the Italian “boot” where we find the regions Campania, Basilicata, Puglia, Calabria, and Sicily as well as the distant relative Sardegna. There are scores of fascinating indigenous grape varieties here, different winemaking traditions and styles are defining each region, and the wines are often less expensive than their Northern counterparts.

The history of the Cantine Rallo wine estate started in 1860 and Rallo was synonymous with quality, reliability, and authenticity. Producing elegant and fragrant table wines celebrated on the tables of the noblest families of Italy, beginning with the Savoy house and awarded in the most prestigious international wine competition. Don Diego Rallo began his entrepreneurial venture in the world of wine founding the homonymous Cantine Rallo wine estate, producing Marsala wine, the star of Sicilian winemaking of those times, and a wine appreciated and all over the world. At the end of the 90s, the Vesco family, owner of a flourishing agricultural estate situated in the heart of the D.O.P. Alcamo, bought the company, combining the two estates. In an ambitious project with great attention to detail and respecting the heritage of this historic brand, the Vesco family turned Cantine Rallo into a modern estate, producing wines organically grown. Andrea Vesco runs the winery with expert commitment personally and meticulously attending to all the stages of production from the cultivation of the grapes to the final bottling, with the strong support of a professional staff of 21 employees. Since 2010 Rallo wines are “produced and bottled at their origin by the grower”. Fine wines, organically grown in certified organic agriculture, represent the best and most typical of the cultivar of Western Sicily.

The results are evident in the fragrant, crisp Catarratto and perfumed, fresh Nero d’Avola. These wines are a million miles from the overripe styles made by many of their peers. Night harvesting and modern temperature-controlled fermentations result in bright, fresh, modern wines.