In 1202 and 1208 Fonterutoli was the location of two peace treaties between Florence and Siena, when the territory of Chianti was ceded to Florence. A popular legend tells a...
The charm of the Sicilian territory
The estate is located in South-East Sicily, the land of origin of the Nero d'Avola vine only a few steps from Noto, famous for its baroque buildings and Unesco World Heritage Site.
The Mazzei identified the latent potential of this land rich with history, culture, and charm, and started and ambitious winemaking project in 2003.
The Zisola gardens
A property of 50 hectares, the area extends around the 3 buildings "bagli" of the estate, of which the main one enjoys a wonderful view over Noto and the surrounding "gardens" cultivated with vineyards, citrus trees, olives, and almonds.
Here a small but efficient winery is provided with stainless steel vats with temperature control for winemaking and about 350 oak barrels for fining the wines.
50 hectares of property
21 hectare of vineyards
Traditional sicilian cultivation
Nero d’Avola grape mother country. The Mazzei family, acclaimed in Tuscany for producing incredible value wines, discovered a beautiful piece of land.
Between 60 and 110 meters a.s.l.
Rossi: Nero d'Avola, Syrah, Petit Verdot
Bianchi: Grillo e Catarratto
"Alberello" stock cultivation
Cradled within a magnificent natural landscape that also takes in olives, citrus orchards and almond groves, our Zisola vineyards are all bush-trained using the traditional Sicilian albarello method, with a density of 5,500 vines per hectare.
The climate is typical of southern Mediterranean islands, with mild winters and hot, dry summers, alleviated by breezes from the Ionian Sea which, thanks to Zisola’s elevation, bring a cooling influence. The soil is rich in limestone and stony gravel, an ideal combination that favours wines of great complexity, refinement and dense, elegant structure.
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Vistors to Zisola are drawn by the natural setting and the age-old beauty of a place that embraces vines, cellars and the baglio buildings.
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