"Discover Sicily in the Heart of the Mediterranean"
POINTS OF INTEREST
• The dark soil is sown with international varietals, such as Merlot, Cabernet, and Chardonnay; native varietals, such as Insolia and Nero d'Avola, are grown in the light soil.
• King Philip II of Spain bestowed upon Ambrogio Branciforte, who owned the estate, the title of Prince of Butera in 1543.
• Our flagship wines are planted in particular parcels of land, running east to west, as opposed to the more commonly held practice of planting vines north to south.
Name: This expansive estate is located on the noble lands, once owned by the Prince of Butera.
Location: Feudo Principi di Butera is situated in the southeastern part of the Province of Caltanissetta, making it apart of the DOC district of Riesi, Sicily. The estate is approximately two hours from the city of Palermo, Sicily's regional capital. The property has 334 acres dedicated to vineyards, as well as 3,000 olive trees.
Elevation: 740 ft. above sea level
Soil: Calcareous with layers of fine clay
Climate: Mediterranean, 46°F – 50°F in the winter and 82°F – 95°F in the summer
Training System: Spurred Cordon
Vine Density: Approximately 4,850 vines per hectare
Varietals: Chardonnay, Insolia, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Nero d'Avola, Petit Verdot
Feudo Principi di Butera is a historical estate, which once belonged to noble families, such as Sicily's first prince, Ambrogio Branciforte; The Prince resided there beginning in 1543. More recently the Zonin family acquired and restored the estate in 1997 after conducting thorough research on the best-suited areas for the cultivation of Nero d'Avola grapes. Its proximity to the sea, optimal elevation, and abundance of sunlight combined with its rich soil and hilly terrain provide ideal conditions to yield outstanding wines.