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Zabu `Il Passo` Verde Nero d’Avola

Sambuca, Sicilia

Vigneti Zabù

This is a young estate in southwestern Sicily, whose vineyards caught the eye and winemaking talents of Valentino Sciotti...

Valentino (of Gran Sasso and Vesevo) saw they had great vineyards and a good winery but were missing the necessary expertise to make wines the market required.  Valentino and his team of young winemakers have taken the raw materials and transformed them into wines that people want to drink.

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The vineyards for Vigneti Zabù were planted in 2005 on the hills around Lake Arancio in Sambuca di Sicilia. The crystal clear water creates an ideal microclimate for vine growing and protects the vines from the heat of Sicilian summers. The organic vines are low yielding.

Vintage information

A wet winter was followed by a mild, dry but 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, although the humidity delayed harvest. The wines from this vintage don‘t have a high alcoholic content, but are elegant with clean, juicy fruit, freshness and energy.


The best organic grapes were selected for the production of this wine. After a very long fermentation on skins to extract colour, body and aromas, the wine was pressed. 50% of the wine was aged in barriques and the other 50% in concrete tanks for about six months, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then bottled to preserve the fruit flavours.

Tasting Notes

Deep ruby in colour with a bouquet of red and dark fruits, hints of spice and a balsamic, eucalyptus quality. This is a full-bodied wine with well balanced acidity and lingering black fruit and spice.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Nero d`Avola
Region Sambuca, Sicilia
Winemaker Filippo Baccalaro
Certification Organic 
Alcohol (ABV) 13%