In 1435 in Catania, in the shadow of Mt. Etna, the Guild of the Vigneri was founded. This association of winegrowers had the main scope to initiate the new generations to the knowledge of how to grow vines and produce wine around Europe’s highest volcano.
Almost six centuries later, Salvo Foti brings back the association of I Vigneri. Salvo had understood that to make a real Etna wine – and not just a wine produced on Mt. Etna – he couldn’t do without the native men of the Mountain. Salvo had the intuition to create a group of men with which to revitalise the ancient vineyards on the Volcano, men of all ages – just as the vines they take care of – where the old can pass on their gestures and their wisdom to young people.
Two hectares of bush-trained vineyards, located between 700 and 1300 meters above sea level, on the north and east sides of Europe’s highest volcano. Salvo Foti works his ancient vines in full respect of the tradition, with non-invasive tools and techniques.
A viticulture of excellence aiming at harmony with mankind and the environment.
Salvo Foti can count on thirty years of experience working as a writer, agronomist and winemaker for some of the most important wineries in Sicily — but to these years we should add the experiences of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who taught him that wine is made from the grapes grown in the vineyard, and not from cellar technology.