Sicily’s rich wine making tradition dates back to the Greek occupation of the island thousands of years ago. Not only did they leave their wine making techniques, but their mythology, as well.
Arancio is a very large 650-hectare estate owned by the Mezzacorona winery in Alto-Adige, in the far north of Italy. The winery is three kilometres from the eastern seashore, giving the wines an attractive lightness. A relatively new venture, this winery shows great promise. The range which includes both local and international varieties, are very well-made, and reasonably priced, too.
From the union between the Sicilian varietal Grillo and the international Viognier, native to the Rhone valley, comes a harmonious blend that expresses the sunlight and richness of Sicily. This aromatic wine showcases the great oenological potential of Sicily that expresses elegantly fragrant aromas in its white wines. In this wine, Grillo brings intense, exotic tropical notes of mango intermingled with delicate notes of white flowers and stone fruits. Viognier flourishes in Sicily, expressing delicate notes of peach, apricot and citrus with a light hint of wildflowers and fresh honey. Behind these two components, there is a refined oak element with elegant notes of vanilla that respect the nuance of these varietals.