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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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by Laura Rysman

Sicily | The Val di Noto is doubly blessed – with beautiful Baroque architecture and a thriving food and wine scene.

[…] For us, though, the USP was its chef- for-the-day service, with Ragusa-native Laura Giunta arriving to prepare exqui- site versions of classic Sicilian dishes. Arrayed in Eames chairs around the wood slab table, we caroused our way through her lunch of swordfish-stuffed eggplant, anchovy tarts, vinegar-cured ray, Ragusano cheese drizzled with saf- fron and honey, and plenty of Valle dell’Acate’s flowery Zagra wine. Stili in our swimsuits, we struggled to polish off the final delight — Giunta’s freshly filled, chocolate-dusted ricotta cannoh.

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by Zachary Sussman

And the best under -$20 bottles to chill.

Last summer, I encountered it everywhere, almost like an invasive species. On front stoops and restaurant terraces. At parties and backyard barbecues. By the pool. At the park. Even at the beach. Wherever I turned, there it was: bottle after bottle of rosé.
That’s why, this season, I’m making the case for an equally important but chronically neglected category of summer wine. I’m not referring to crisp, steely whites like Sancerre or Chablis, though they’re rarely a bad idea. In fact, I’m not referring to white wine at all—but to that little-known, misunderstood species, the “chillable” red.

[…] Chillable Reds from Italy, Austria and Beyond

The French, of course, aren’t the only ones to have perfected the style.
Across the boot of Italy, there is a tradition of producing wines for everyday drinking that often show best with a chill. In Piedmont, the land of muscular Barolo and Barbaresco, you’ll be far more likely to find locals drinking bottles like the Elvio Tintero Rosso ($10), a lip-smacking, herbaceous blend of native grapes (including Barbera and Dolcetto), perfect for a caprese salad sliced from the season’s first heirlooms. Further south, a wine like the Valle dell’Acate Vittoria Frappato ($17) highlights Sicily’s cheerful side.

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[…] Mount Etna is nothing compared to the fire and energy of this Sicilian woman, Gaetana Jacono, who owns Valle dell’Acate (Sicily). Gaetana communicates a great passion for her land, her wine, her island, and does it all with understated class and elegance that is so exquisitely Italian. Speaking with her, one is reminded of that particular blend of strength and delicacy that you can find in Italian women; you’ll find it in this song too, the only Italian song of this soundtrack. It’s a love song, and it’s got soul. Listen, and you’ll see why this song represents the best of Italy, just like Gaetana!

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by Robert Calvert

[…] Valle dell’Acate ( is located near the Dirillo River (known in antiquity as the Achates) in southeastern Sicily. The Jacono and Ferreri families that operate Valle dell’Acate trace their winemaking roots back to the 19th century. Gaetana Jacono, current manager, represents the sixth generation of her family in the wine business. She says: “Wine is culture, a thread winding its way uninterrupted throughout history. It is something to be handed down, something to take from the past and carry into the future”.
Glowing like rubies, the Valle dell’Acate Il Frappato Vittoria DOC 2015 ($20) offers aromas of cherries, strawberries and raspberries with a sniff of sage and an intriguing fragrance of wet boulders. This 100 percent Frappato is made strictly in stainless steel to emphasize its lively, fruity flavors-cherries and raspberries principally, with smidgens of red apples and blueberries. Somebody wrote that this Frappato is “reminiscent of good Beaujolais.” He is correct. It may be something about the wine’s texture as much as its flavor. An Italian commentator wrote that Americans call this a “smiling wine.” You will smile when you sip it.
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Valle dell’Acate some crazy good wines!
Italy always surprise us in a good way!
Importers we really recommend you to buy this wines! You’ll be amazed!

Interview of Ms.Gaetana Jacono – Owner and Winemaker – Valle dell’Acate for AsiaImportNews – Exclusive

Could you please tell us the story of your winery, when it was created and how it developed decades after decades ?
Valle dell’Acate (literally “Acate Valley”) is located in the historic Bidini domain, amid the winding hills of Valle del Dirillo (Dirillo Valley).

Giuseppe Jacono founded the cantina in the late 19th century, though the Jacono family had been active in vine growing and winemaking ever since Vittoria became Sicily’s epicenter for exporting wine to France during the 1800s. Since then, this familial vocation has been safeguarded and handed down over generations, driven by a shared desire to establish a name for the family’s wines on an international level. Valle dell’Acate has continued this tradition, specializing in the cultivation of the most prized and productive autochthonous vines, creating superior wines, including the crown jewel of Sicilian winemaking: the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG. Over time the company’s spirit has become an authentic expression of the way it makes wine. Our longstanding winemaking tradition dovetails harmoniously with nature, resulting in wines of extraordinary quality and character.

Today Valle dell’Acate, run by the latest generation of the Jacono family together with the Ferreri family, is one of the most important winemaking realities in southeastern Sicily, committed to further ennobling the longstanding vineyard traditions of the Ragusa province, within the Acate-Comiso-Vittoria triangle. Read more…

“Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!” So goes the cry when, on the third Thursday of November, the light, fruity wine is released at midnight. […]

Her personal tastes skew toward high-acid-style wines, like Valle dell’Acate’s frappato from Sicily, “very sunshiney, retaining lots of acid and fruitiness,” says Driver Speckan. “It’s straightforward and has great value.” Frappato is a red grape native to the Italian island and is typically lighter in alcohol, tasting and smelling of… Read more…

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Do you get intimidated looking at a fatter than a phone book wine list? Well, our next guest has tips on selecting, tasting and pairing, to choose a bottle worth-tasting. Please welcome to the show wine expert Leslie Sbrocco.

[…] This is Frappato, a very unique variety to Sicily. And actually Caroline […] is gonna be pairing this Valle dell’Acate, beautiful wine from Southern Italy, with a pasta from Valle dell’Acate…

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Fülle war bisher. Jetzt ist Fülle out, und die eleganten Weine aus Sizilien sind im Kommen. Ihre Qualität ist in den letzten Jahren nachhaltig gestiegen… […]

Valle dell’AcateTané (Nero d’Avola) 2011
Glänzendes Rubin mit leicht hellem Rand. Zeigt in der Nase schöne reife und zugängliche Frucht, nach Erdbeeren, Kirschenkonfitüre und Brombeere, sehr einladend… Read more…

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