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Also this year Valle dell’Acate takes part in the Merano Wine Festival from November 10th to 12th.
You can find us at the Goethesaal, 311.

Exhibition hours
Saturday 10.11.2018 from 10.00 to 18.00
Sunday 11.11.2018 from 10.00 to 18.00
Monday 12.11.2018 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Our cellar has been selected with the following wines:
Iri from iris Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classic 2013
Frappato Vittoria DOC 2017

During the event will participate:
– MiniVerticale with Frappato Vittoria DOC with vintages 2018 (preview), 2017, 2016, 2015.
– “Old vintage” tasting of a fine wine with the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG Classico 2006.

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by Sonny Figueroa

frappatoAfter three straight lessons with white wines, I’m ready for a red, aren’t you? So this month we will drink a red that enjoys a light chill, a necessity perhaps in July.
The grape is frappato, and the wine comes from the Vittoria region of southeast Sicily. The wines of Mount Etna may be getting all the attention, but the wines of Vittoria deserve to be recognized.
The leading wine of the region is Cerasuolo di Vittoria, a blend of frappato and nero d’Avola. We will be tasting straight-up frappatos, which are a little lighter than Cerasuolos and can be enjoyed a little sooner.
Reds like frappato have gained popularity in recent years as consumers have come to appreciate wines that rely on freshness rather than power. Twenty-five years ago it was an entirely different story, as producers in Sicily were betting on international varieties like merlot and cabernet, but tastes have evolved. Nowadays, consumers are far more interested in indigenous grapes like frappato than those grown everywhere else in the world

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by Eric Asimov

Among the many harbingers of warm weather, one of my favorites is the N.Y.U. Hawk Cam, starring a pair of red-tailed hawks that have nested since 2011 on a ledge, overlooking Washington Square Park, outside the office of the president of New York University. As I sit at my computer, I’ve got half an eye on this year’s nestlings, three little hawks that are now tiny white balls of down, too weak to sit up for long. By the beginning of summer, they will be nearly fully grown and strutting the ledge, impatient to fledge into the wilds of Greenwich Village. The hawks are a reminder that human behavior, too, is informed by the seasons. Just as many people gravitate to lighter foods as the weather warms, so do they seek out lighter wines as summer approaches. For this edition of 20 Under $20, whites and rosés predominate, though reds will always have their place, accompanying the grilled steaks, ribs and burgers of summer. For some years now I have made the case that the greatest values in wine are in the vicinity of $20 a bottle. It’s easy to find palatable wines for under $10, but very rarely will those bottles offer any sense of excitement or distinctiveness. Spend a little more, say, $15 to $20, and the number of distinctive, exciting bottles increases exponentially. Occasionally, such bottles can be found for less — one of my favorites here is just $12.99 — but the probability is low. Read more…

Majestic Wine: 5 Questions With Valle dell’Acate Owner Gaetana Jacono

“Life is too short to drink bad wine,” stated Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Celebrating excellence in wine is the rally cry for Vinitaly, the largest wine exhibition in the world. Attended every year in Verona, Italy, by producers, importers, restaurateurs and journalists, all participants are eager to share and discover new trends and exchange ideas on this internationally recognized Italian tradition of excellence. Once again the city of Romeo and Juliet is the world’s wine capital this week, where from April 15-18 Verona is transformed into a prestigious world-class showcase of the best of the best in Italian wines.

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From 15 to 18 April you can find us at Vinitaly 2018.

Our stand | Hall 2 Sicily .  Stand 75 E



Milan, March 7th, 2018 – its name is Bellifolli and it is the new project of the Sicilian cellar Valle dell’Acate, a winery present for six generations in the world of the island’s wine. The project will be illustrated today in an advance presentation at the Palazzo Serbelloni in Milan. A brilliant line of wines created after reflecting on the success of Frappato both in Italy and on International markets; a wine which is fresh and light. A red wine which also goes well with fish and is a fine match to many international dishes. And is much liked by the younger generation. Bellifolli synthesizes the character and the contrasts of Sicily and the Sicilians: the beauty and the moments of folly, the light and the shade, the sea in turmoil and the warm sirocco breeze – all of this which, together, has created an identity which can be seen in one of the marvels of the island, its spectacular Baroque architecture.
“As a child I walked through the streets of our cities protected by the “mascheroni”, the fantastic or grotesque faces which jut out from the facades of the palaces. We Sicilians have lived with them for centuries, they are part of our daily life. They narrate, murmur, observe – comments Gaetana Jacono, proprietor of Valle Dell’Acate –and adds that Interbrand, the principal brand consultancy firm on a global level, has known how to interpret our concept with much intelligence, giving it an up to date style and approach. Here are four wines – Syrah, Nero d’Avola, Insolia, Grillo & Chardonnay – which are marvelously Sicilian and have obtained the effect we hoped for on the younger generations, that of appreciation and total surprise”.

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From 18 to 20 March you can find us at Prowein 2018.

Our stand | Merumpress, Halle 16 stand E71

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by Eric Asimov

Wine comes in seemingly endless varieties, from a growing number of places and in countless styles. While the choise may sometimes seem overwhelming, they also present a wonderful opportunity for pleasure and experimentation.
On a recent expedition through a handful of Manhattan shops, I found these 20 excellent bottles, all under $20. They come from eight different countries, and even more regions. Most of these are red, in deference to the season, when most people gravitate toward heartier dishes. But in winter I still eat foods that call for white wines, and I always like sparkling wines, so both are represented as well.
The $20 price is crucial. Budget-minded shoppers may recoil, believing they can find plenty of bottles under $10. That’s true, and most of those wines will be technically sound. They will also be boring, the scourge of mass-market wines today. Read more…

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di Patrizia Catalano

Gaetana Jacono, the sixth generation at the helm of the historic winery Valle dell’Acate, welcomes guests into an old sicilian baglio where tasting becomes a sensory experience that blends flavor with the quality of the place

Nunc est bibendum. In northeastern Sicily, near Ragusa, The House of Pairings/Casa degli Abbinamenti is the result of the energy of Gaetana Jacono, a wine entrepreneur and ambassador of taste Made in Sicily. Together with the ‘flying chef’ – as he calls himself – Davide Di Corato, our hostess proposes a new experience of hospitality and taste, starting with the famous vintages of Valle dell’Acate. Seven luminous, aromatic wines, like the land that produces them, seven parcels with different cultivars: Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Vittoria Frappato and Insolia, Sicilia Zagra di Grillo, Moro di Nero d’Avola, Riusciano di Syrah, Bidis di Chardonnay and Tanè.
The mission of the ‘house’ is to blend a new experience of pairings, refined harmonies of flavors, aromas and colore, with other things that stimulate delightful sensory effects. Pasta, delicious sauces, refined fish recipes based on ancient local recipes reinterpreted by the lady of the house (as well as desserts and seasonal vegetables), offer an opportunity to get to knowthis part of the Sicilian territory.

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Sips of Summer with Wines of Sicilia DOC

Tastes of Sicily Featured Wines

On June 29, 2017, wine drinkers and connoisseurs in Chicago were invited to join Wine Channel TV and Formento’s kickoff to its Sips of Summer wine tasting events with a Tastes of Sicily themed event. Partnered with and located at Formento’s, an Italian restaurant within Chicago’s Fulton Market District, guests were treated to taste eight unique Sicilian wines- Alessandro di Camporeale Catarratro, Donnafugata Lighea, Mandrarossa Grillo, Morgante Nero d’Avola, Planeta Rose, Tasca Regaleali Bianco, Valle dell’Acate Frappato, Villa Pozzi Grillo, featured by Wines of Sicilia DOC.

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