Calatrasi Mediterranean Domains wine producer

Calatrasi Mediterranean Domains
Calatrasi Mediterranean Domaines is a large Sicilian-based wine producer that sells its wines under the brand names Costanza di Mineo, Terre di Ginestra and Accademia del Sole.  The company name itself is a recent rebranding of family-owned Casa Vinicola Calatrasi, based in San Cipirello near Palermo.
The Miccichè family who founded the Calatrasi winery in 1980 had been growing vines and making wine in the area for centuries.  Their brand names reflect that long history.  Terre di Ginestra is mostly used for wines from vineyards in the Ginestra hills that were bought by the family in 1968.
Costanza and Mineo are names of other local winemaking families who married into the Miccichè clan in the 1950s and 1920s respectively.  Both were from nearby Corleone and so the Costanza di Mineo label is used for wines from the high-altitude (600m to 1100m) vineyards around Corleone that were acquired in 1992.
Three Australian flying winemakers were recuited in 2000 to guide the transition towards export markets.  At the same time the company expanded beyond Sicily with the founding of Tunisian winery Domaine Neferis, and two years later it acquired vineyards and set up a winery near Brindisi in Puglia, on the Italian mainland.
Most of their Sicilian vineyards are planted with native varieties like Nero d'Avola, Catarrato and Grillo, but they also produce Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot.

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