Boutinot expands its Italian portfolio

01 September, 2016

Boutinot has added to its Italian portfolio with wines from a vineyard in Sicily.

Feudo Maccari, a 50 hectare estate in Nero’d’Avola’s vinous heartland in Sicily, was acquired by Antonio Moretti, who also owns the Tuscan Tenuta Sette Ponti estate. He added to existing Alberello (bush training) plantings of Nero d’Avola and Syrah, dating back to the early 80s, and in 2002 he planted 18 hectares of Grillo, following extensive trials to find the most suitable whites for the volcanic and limestone soils of the region.

Boutinot’s buyer Tony Brown MW, said: “Sicily is tough to beat for outstanding value, characterful wines and can be an abundant source of ripe, well-made wines ideally suited to modern tastes. Nero d’Avola and Grillo particularly fit this bill and the introduction of Feudo Maccari adds a new dimension to our range of these exciting varieties. Low yields, calcareous soils and an unfussy, Tuscan influenced winemaking touch means these wines are fresh and unforced, with subtle yet vibrant flavours that shine through.”

Boutinot will carry five Feudo Maccari wines for independents in the UK, including: Grillo 2015, Grillo ‘Family & Friends’ 2015, Nero d’Avola 2015, the award-winning Saia Nero d’Avola 2014, Maharis Syrah 2014. 




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