The story of Azienda Agricola Giovanni Palermo began in 1976 in Sicily, in Salaparuta in the province of Trapani to be exact. Initially cultivating a few hectares of land with the historic Sicilian Catarratto vine, it was only between 1996 and 1997 that two new varieties were added: Nero d'Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Today, the company extends over an area of 5 hectares and continues to cultivate the same grape varieties, from which only pure wines are produced. It has maintained the same philosophy, as a small-sized, family-run company and, last but not least, the same goal: to produce quality wines, by using organic methods, selecting the best grapes directly from the field, sustaining a low yield and using new winemaking techniques, all in total respect for tradition and the environment.
As true winemakers, the Palermo family carefully follows every step of the production process, from grape cultivation to bottling, from selling the wines to marketing.
Bruchicello Nero d'Avola IGT 1999 was the very first fruit of the company's labour, with a limited production of about 2,000 bottles. In 2006, a first major milestone was reached: the inclusion of the first vintage Nero d'Avola and Catarratto in the Salaparuta DOC denomination, and finally, to give the production an international twist, 2014 saw the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva Salaparuta.
The Bruchicello brand is now a registered trademark, it was named after the district, Vruchicelle, today Salavecchia, where the vines were planted. The district lies on the sunny hills of the Belìce valley, home of ancient civilizations, from the Sicilians to the Elymians, Greeks and Arabs.
The Palermo family has always been very conscious about issues relating to respect for the environment and nature. The vineyards are cultivated using organic farming methods and a large part of the energy, used throughout the production process, from the processing of the grapes to refinement and wine storage, as well as administrative and commercial management, is produced by renewable sources such as a photovoltaic system, solar panels and a pellet stove. Attention to the environment and nature is not limited to the production of energy alone, but also focuses on practices of waste/recycling management and on the recovery of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere through progressive tree-planting. The wines have won awards from the Wine Hunter Award Rosso (88-89.99). Wine and food Siciliando Nero d’Avola Salaparuta Palermo, Sicily in the world.
The doors of the cellar are always open to those who want a first hand experience and to deepen their knowledge of the wines: guided tours and tastings are organized by appointment in the company spaces.