Few kilometers from the top of the mountain where it is located Erice, whose territory has been recently recognized as Erice DOC are located Fazio winery's vineyards, in the hills surrounding mount Erice in an enchanting and unique view.
Despite Fazio winery was established in 1998, the history of this winery is long of four generations which have put their commitment with passion and efforts in viticulture and wine making. The long tradition has been continued and renewed by Vincenzo and Girolamo Fazio, who introduced in the winery new structures and wine making techniques, therefore meeting the needs for a modern marketing. The renewal process has initially focused on the management of vineyards done by a team of experts and led by wine maker Giacomo Ansaldi, who worked to the improvement of production, focusing on autochthonous varieties without neglecting the most important international grapes. In order to strengthen the bonds between territory and production, Vincenzo Fazio has been involved in a project which led to the recognition of Erice DOC (Denominazione d'Origine Controllata, Denomination of Controlled Origin), whose production will be recognized by the new disciplinary from vintage 2005 on. More
The vineyards of Fazio Winery cover an area of about 100 hectares (247 acres), planted in hills at an altitude from 250 and 500 meters (820-1640 feet), in areas specifically selected for their exposition, microclimate characteristics and the geological characteristics of the soil. In these places, in which blow winds from the north and sea breezes, are cultivated the vineyards of Fazio winery and which, after harvesting, will produce their wines. The vineyards are mainly cultivated with the typical autochthonous grapes of Sicily: Inzolia, Grillo, Catarratto as for white berried grapes - including Muscat Blanc - and Nero d'Avola, as for red berried grapes. In the vineyards of Fazio winery are also cultivated the international varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, also known as Shiraz. However, among the “international” grapes, Fazio winery is particularly involved in the cultivation of Müller Thurgau, planted at an altitude of 500 meters (1640 feet), producing with this grape an interesting wine.
The structure hosting the cellar of Fazio winery includes the most advanced technologies, in respect of the architectural style of Sicily, in harmony with the surrounding nature. The complex is made of two distinct areas. The receptive structure, in which are located the offices and the wine shop, and the productive structure, in which it is also located a large underground cellar. Fazio winery also has cellars used for the aging of wine in which the temperature is constantly controlled. The grapes - soon after harvesting - are vinified according to the type of wine to be made. As for white wines, after destemming, the must is allowed to be in contact with the skins at a temperature of 4° C (39° F), soft crushing of berries and a very slow fermentation at a controlled temperature. As for red wines, the grapes are destemmed first and the skins are left to macerate in the must at a controlled temperature ranging from 25° and 28° C (77-82° F), in variable times and according to the type of wine to be made.
In the beginning, the production of Fazio winery was mainly destined to the Italian market, however it took little time to catch the attention of other countries, the wines of Fazio went beyond the borders of Italy. Today the wines of this Sicilian winery are commercialized - besides Italy - in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Russia, Poland, Japan, United States of America, Canada, Singapore and Australia. The management of Fazio winery is completely done by the family. Vincenzo Fazio, managing director of the winery, is also in charge for the coordination of production and commercialization; his wife Roberta manages and supervise purchases, supervise the feasibility of materials used in the winery as well as of the image; Girolamo Fazio is in charge for any legal aspect and the relationships with institutions; his wife Lilly is in charge of the commercialization of wines, export and penetration of markets.
The production of Fazio winery - with a total yearly production of 700,000 bottles - is made of four ranges: “Linea Classica”, “Linea i Bagli”, “Linea Élite” and “Linea Spumanti”. The Linea Classica includes Brusìo, produced with Inzolia and Chardonnay grapes; Gàbal, produced with Nero d'Avola and shortly aged in cask; Montèlimo, produced with Nero d'Avola and Merlot grapes. The Linea i Bagli range is made of Torre dei Venti, produced with Nero d'Avola and aged in cask; Shiraz, aged in cask; three white wines respectively produced with 100% Inzolia, Grillo and Catarratto. The Linea Élite is made of Müller Thurgau, one of the best known white wines of Fazio winery; Merlot, aged in barrique; Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in barrique; PietraSacra, produced with Cabernet Sauvignon, Nero d'Avola and Merlot, aged in barrique. Very interesting are the two wines making the spumanti range: Petali Brut, made with Chardonnay and produced with long Charmat method, and Petali Moscato, produced with 100% Muscat Blanc with Charmat method.