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Grillo, Cento Cavalli

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A vibrant and dry white wine from Sicily

Grillo, Cento Cavalli

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The Hundred Horse Chestnut (Castagno dei Cento Cavalli), located in eastern Sicily, is said to be over 2,000 years old, and is thought to be the oldest known chestnut tree in the world...

The tree‘s name is said to come from a legend in which a queen and one hundred knights were caught in a severe thunderstorm and had to shelter under the chestnut tree. It is as much a symbol of Sicily as the vine, which was brought to the island by the Greeks about 3,000 years ago.

The wines are made by Alana McGettigan and Matt Thomson at a private winery in the hills outside of Trapani. The best sites on the estate’s vineyards are reserved for Nero d’Avola and Grillo (Grillo is probably Sicily‘s best white grape). Alana selects the best fruit from these vineyards for the Cento Cavalli wines, which are made in a modern and well equipped winery.

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The vineyards are located in the hills outside Trapani, Western Sicily in the Erice region, close to the town of Fulgatore.  Most of the vineyards are on a gentle slope, with tilled terra rossa soil, at an altitude ranging between 200-400 metres.  The vines are trained in the guyot system.  

Vintage information

A wet winter was followed by a mild, dry and windy spring in 2013. Hot summer temperatures arrived in the second week of June, fortunately relieved by cool nights of around 15°C. July and August saw only three showers, in comparison to September which brought regular if short-lived rain showers. October was sunny, with average daytime temperatures of 18°C by day, although the humidity delayed harvest. The wines from this vintage don‘t have a high alcoholic content, but are fluid and elegant with clean, juicy fruit, freshness and energy.


The fruit was machine harvested and transported to the winery where it was crushed and destemmed and put into temperature controlled stainless steel fermenters.  Fermentation took place at cool temperatures to preserve the aromatic and fruit characteristics of the grapes. The wine was shipped to Verona shortly after fermentation and stored in temperature controlled tanks until bottling in April.

Tasting Notes

Pale lemon in colour. This wine is unoaked to preserve the aromatic qualities of the fruit. It has a lovely lime zest character on the nose, with full yet balanced fruit on the palate and a fresh, lifted character on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Grillo
Region Sicilia
Winemaker Alana McGettigan
Consultant Winemaker Matt Thomson
Alcohol (ABV) 13%

Additional Information

Country Italy
Region Sicily
Taste Crisp and dry
Organic No