A GENUINE WINE-GROWING DISTRICT IN THE PROVINCE OF AGRIGENTO, CANTINE SETTESOLI:
SICILY’S LARGEST WINERY AND THE LARGEST VINEYARD IN EUROPE
Established in 1958 in Menfi, it now counts 2000 partners, 6,000 hectares of vineyards - about 5% of vineyards in Sicily -, three wine-making facilities dedicated to the vinification of about 500,000 Ql of grapes processed every year and a packaging and storage center for finished products, Cantine Settesoli is Sicily’s largest winery, the largest vineyard in Europe and a genuine wine-growing district in the province of Agrigento: located between Menfi, Montevago and Santa Margherita di Belice, 70% of the approximately 5,000 families in these communities work directly or indirectly for Settesoli.
The wines produced by Cantine Settesoli are obtained from selected grapes, grown to full ripeness, vinified in the area of origin by integrating the local culture, traditional methods and technological innovation.
Settesoli is included in the Terre Sicane (Sycanian Lands) Wine Road, a wine district that declines toward the sea and is comprised between the towns of Menfi, Contessa Entellina, Sciacca, Santa Margherita del Belice and Sambuca di Sicilia. This rural area where vineyards dominate the landscape is near a number of world-famous historical and archaeological sites like Selinunte and the Valley of Temples in Agrigento. This area was also the setting for the Leopard by Tomasi di Lampedusa, published in 1958, the year of founding of Cantine Settesoli.
Domenico De Gregorio