Curatolo Arini

Sicily, sicily Italy

Established in 1875 by Vito Curatolo Arini, the winery is now run by the fifth generation of Curatolos, making it the oldest family-owned Marsala producer.


The Nero d'Avola is modern and fruit driven. The single-vineyard Zibibbo is dry and aromatic in style and is best matched with food. Alberto Antonini's influence is evident in the wines, combining the richness that Sicily can easily provide with the freshness only someone with Alberto's experience can retain.


The Zibibbo (the local name for Muscat of Alexandria) is grown in vineyards in the western part of Sicily, just inland from Marsala. The Nero d'Avola grapes come from vineyards in central Sicily, in the province of Caltanissetta. The vineyards here are 500 metres above sea level, where the combination of warm days and cool nights helps produce premium red wines. Thanks to the favourable climate in Sicily, consistency in quality can be guaranteed from vintage to vintage.


The Marsalas, still made in the traditional way, are the real deal and make a great alternative to Sherry. The stunning art-deco label was designed by Ernesto Basile, a famous Palermo architect in the latter part of the 19th century. Their Marsala Superiore uses base wines made from the native Sicilian grapes Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto fortified with white grape spirit and aged for five years in cask. The Riserva is only made in the best vintages and has a similar ageing process, the result is a rich but dry, aromatic and heady wine. The Marsala Vergine Riserva is also only made in the best vintages but has a longer ageing process that lasts almost 25 years. As a result of this, it has beautiful length and complexity.


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