From the happy intuition that a good wine is "poetry" and to make it it takes "art", was born in 2005 Al-Cantàra. Since the beginning, the winery has established itself at a national and international level thanks to the high quality of its wines, recognized by several important awards and, last but not the least, by the amazing results achieved both at Vinitaly, where with seven wines reported in the 5 StarWines - The Book, Al-Cantàra has been the second most awarded winery in Sicily and the sixth in Italy, and at Decanter where, with a gold medal and two silver medals, Al-Cantàra has been the first winery of Etna for number of important awards. These results have been achieved thanks to the care with which all our workers manage the vineyards and to the professionalism of our winemaker, Salvatore Rizzuto, graduated in Alba and with experience in Bordeaux and Langhe.
The sophisticated and modern packaging is another distinctive feature of the products Al-Cantàra, whose unmistakable labels are embellished by the suggestive representations of young Sicilian artists, among which lately Annachiara Di Pietro, that exalt the traditions, the culture and the Etna territory.
The company takes its name from the river that, on the slopes of theEtnaThe name "Al-Cantàra", which means "bridge" in Arabic, touches the Feudo S. Anastasia district in Randazzo, where the lands and the cellars are located. The name "Al-Cantàra", which in Arabic means "bridge", wants to underline the bond with the Sicilian land and it is the symbol of the harmonic and innovative combination between wine, art and poetry which is the distinctive mark of the winery. It is not by chance that the names of the wines are inspired to poems by Sicilian authors such as Nino Martoglio, Micio Tempio, Giovanni Meli, Alfio Antico, Salvatore Di Pietro, Francesco Guglielmino and Ercole Patti. The label of the grappa, last addition to the rich and variegated Al-Cantàra's catalog, represents a tribute to one of the most famous compositions of Italian jester poetry, Rosa fresca aulentissima of the Sicilian Ciullo d'Alcamo.
Moreover in our company we have realized a "Museum" in which they are kept in the form of labels, bottles and caps, about 400 small and unique works of art created by about 300 artists from all over Italy, including Oliviero Toscani, Ferdinando Scianna, Bruno Caruso, Alessandro Bronzini and many others. There are also numerous installations created by other artists using objects and tools no longer in use.
Finally, those who visit our company has the "proven evidence" that Etna, about 20,000 years ago, was at least 400 meters higher than it is now! And still finds of the "pyramids" that according to some scholars are of the "religious symbols" that have even an origin "Sicula" and that is of the population that lived in this part of Sicily over 5000 years ago!
The winery, of about 20 hectares, produces wines ETNA DOC and Native Wines obtained only with grapes harvested in their own lands, privileging autochthonous vines (Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante) without neglecting research and experimentation (Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon). Al-Cantàra is able to decline Nerello Mascalese, thanks to its strong acidity, minerality and structure, in Rosso, Rosato, Bianco, Spumante, Passito and Grappa! Moreover, Etna's volcanic soil, rich in minerals, gives these wines absolutely unique aromas. Every Al-Cantàra wine therefore offers, to the one who tastes it, a fascinating and exciting multisensorial journey, among colors, verses and flavors typical of the most genuine sicilian cultural identity.