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    Di Giovanna

    Rosso ‘Helios’

    Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane


    Winery Overview

    The Di Giovanna are one of the oldest wine families in Sicily. Located in the town of Sambuca in western Sicily, the 5th generation family property is managed by brothers Gunther and Klaus Di Giovanna. Their property extends for almost 247 acres (100 hectares) and is composed of 160 acres (65 hectares) of vineyards, 34 acres (14 hectares) of olive groves and 52 acres (21 hectares) of wheat fields and forests. They have five family vineyards: Miccina, Gerbino, Paradiso, San Giacomo and Fiuminello, which are located in the small DOC of Contessa Entellina and Sambuca di Sicilia, in the heart of the Terre Sicane. Miccina, Gerbino and Paradiso vineyards are planted on the high hillsides of the DOC Contessa Entellina. San Giacomo and Fiuminello vineyards are situated on the slopes of Monte Genuardo and surround the winery. Soils are a mixture of volcanic tuff, chalk, limestone, and clay. Their wine cellar is nestled in the mountainside of Monte Genuardo, a protected nature reserve. Their production is focused on native Sicilian vines such as Nero d’Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Grillo, Catarratto and select international varieties including Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot. Their wines are classified as IGT Terre Siciliane and DOC Sicilia. Di Giovanna also makes organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil that enhances the recipes of a healthy Mediterranean diet. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an equal parts blend of two cultivars: Biancolilla and Nocellara del Belice. The Biancolilla, with its light, fruity characteristics, and the Nocellara del Belice, with intense and spicy flavors, harmonize to create a balanced, elegant olive oil that best expresses the unique qualities of the area. The Di Giovanna family is committed to organic practices in their olive groves, vineyards and winery, preserving their land and history. Their products are all Certified Organic through Suolo e Salute srl. since 1997.


    The property is delinated into 5 unique vineyard sites. San Giacomo is in the zone Sambuca di Sicilia. Vineyards surround the Di Giovanna winery and are also inside the Monte Genuardo Nature Reserve, at an average of 650 meters above sea level. The soil is calcareous clay, stoney. Fiuminello is in the zone Sambuca di Sicilia. The vineyards are just below the forested mountains of Monte Genuardo and nestled inside the Nature Reserve, at altitudes ranging from 730-820 meters above sea level. The area is noted for extreme day to night temperature swings; stony ground, rich with organic substance. Gerbino in Contessa Entellina is the family's oldest vineyards, originally planted by great grandfather Ciaccio. The altitude ranges from 420-480 meters above sea level; Soft rolling hills and mixed clay with limestone soil. Paradiso in Contessa Entellina are the family's largest vineyards planted on soft rolling hills at altitudes around 400 meters above sea level, surrounded by olive groves. Miccina is located in Contessa Entellina. The vineyards surround the family stone barn. The average altitude is 350 meters above sea level with mixed soils consisting of mixed clays, limestone, tufo.


    Hand harvested grapes in boxes of 20 kg each, destemmed and crushed.


    Fermentation in oak barrels with manual punching and native yeasts. Long maceration (20-21gg) and malolactic fermentation. 70% Nero d'Avola, 30% Syrah.


    Aging for 9 months in French oak barrels for 50% new and the remaining second year.

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