P a s t a n d f u t u r e

Valle dell’Acate is one of the most well-known and active vineyards in southeastern Sicily. The company is run by Gaetana Jacono, part of the family’s sixth generation of winemakers.
Valle dell’Acate (literally “Acate Valley”) is located in the historic Contrade Biddini Soprana e Sottana, amid the winding hills of Valle del Dirillo.

Giuseppe Jacono founded the cantina at the end of the 19th century. The Jacono family has been active in vine growing and winemaking ever since Vittoria was Sicily’s epicenter for exporting wine to France. Since then, this familial vocation has been safeguarded and handed down over generations, with the 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 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.

terra e vigna
The year 2018 marks, contemporaneously, an arrival point and a point of decisive change: the triumph of Cerasuolo di Vittoria

Together with Carlo Casavecchia, the winemaker from Piedmont capable of making  the notes of this native Sicilian grape variety resound. Finally, after five years of aging in the cellars, we have presented the first vintage of Iri in In,  the Cerasuolo di Vittoria Cru DOCG, the expression of one sole vineyard, a wine from the Bidini Soprano high plateau.  A bottle which confirms our convictions, mine and from the hands of Casavecchia, an offering which demonstrates that Cerasuolo ca give a wine of lengthy aging. And, what is more: all of the 200 acres (80 hectares) of vineyards, property of the Jacono family for six generations, are definitively certified as biological. Characterized by seven soil types of a different nature and structure, they extend all around the “palmento alla dispensa”, the Jacono’s cement fermentation structure, architect tonic testimony of my family, one with expert knowledge and promotional talent for Frappato and for Cerasuolo di Vittoria.

Seven different zones which offer a unique character and identity of the wine, unmistakable in their totally pure expression, one sought with constant integrity.

A constant action aimed at demonstrating the value of the territory with the choice of ecological responsibility as well. All of our decisions are ecologically oriented from production to the reception of guests in our home, “The House of Pairing”, where we seek the proper pairing of our wines with tradition an d innovation.  

Through the cultivation of the finest native grape varieties, the employment of technologically advanced  winemaking plants, and the experience acquired by a solid tradition, Valle dell’Acate produces only warm and elegant expressions of this DOCG territory: Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico and the  Cerasuolo di Vittoria Cru Iri da Iri, the DOC VITTORIA il Frappato, the DOC SICILIA Bidis-Chardonnay, Zagra-Grillo,  and the Moro-Nero d’Avola.