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RAGUSA

Ragusa is located on a mountain range, the Hyblaean Mountains, situated in the Southeast part of Sicily and it is the southernmost provincial capital in Italy. It has an altitude higher than 500 meters above sea level and it is about 20 Km from the sea.  The highest peak is Mount Arcibessi (906 meters a.s.l.) which is part of the Hyblaean Mountains.

 

Mount San Cono borders the city of Ragusa on the east, where the Irminio River runs, one of the most important in Southeast Sicily. To the north, it is bordered by Mount Patro, where the San Leonardo River runs. Mount Bollarito lies to the south and it divides Ragusa with the Fiumicello Torrent. On a small hill to the west is Ibla, the oldest part of the city, entirely rebuilt in baroque style after the earthquake of 1693. From the Hyblaean Mountains to the Vittoria Plain, we find the territory of the Chiaramonte Municipality where the Dirillo River marks its border with the province of Catania. The Chiaramonte Gulfi territory is also rich in olive groves and olive presses that fall under the area of the ‘Hyblaean Mountains D.O.P. Consortium’ that safeguards and guarantees the excellent quality of the Extra virgin Olive Oil produced in the area of the Hyblaean Mountains. The olive oil from the area has won numerous international awards, establishing itself as one of the best oils in the world.

Near the prosperous province of Ragusa we find the Vittoria Plain, also called Ipparino (named for the Ippari River), a flat area that stretches around the city of Vittoria that that runs all the way down to the sea from the hill. In addition to fruit and vegetable gardens in the western part of the plain, there are citrus groves with orange and lemon cultivation in the center part and olive growing and winemaking in the eastern part. The Ragusa terrain, primarily characterized by limestone and siliceous sandy components with layers of compact clay and deeper layers of tufa limestone, are the ideal cradle for Frappato. Here nature still maintains the colors, the odors and the sensations of a well-preserved landscape where the centuries-old green olive groves and the shady carob trees contrast with the ocher yellow limestone.

 

IL FRAPPATO

The Frappato is a very old variety, probably dating back to the XVII century. According to 1890 Italian Ampelography of the Ministry of Agriculture, it may be a local variety of Vittoria, or possibly introduced from Spain. What is certain is that it was in Eastern Sicily as early as the XVII century with the name Frappato. However, for Baron Antonio Mendola, who lived in the early twentieth century, the variety is local to Vittoria, present in the area as early as 1600. . There are two very similar varieties with rather elongated bunches and very close clusters with an intense red color that tends toward violet.

For many, Frappato refers to the term fruity, a peculiar characteristic of this local Ragusa variety. The splendid and sunny countryside of southeastern Sicily is the chosen land for this ancient variety. Harvested toward the end of September, it has compact, medium-large bunches with pyramid-shaped, medium-sized clusters and skin that is often blue-violet in color and they still have their bloom. Fermented separately, it yields a wine that ranges from brilliant deep ruby red colored wine to clear and transparent. The aromas are intense, delicately heady, fruity and floral. It has a medium body on the palate, with crisp, red berry flavors, pleasantly refreshing, harmonious, full-flavored and mineral with velvety and well-balanced tannins.

FRAPPATO DOC 2015
Produced on the sandy soil of southeastern Sicily from local Frappato grapes. Fermented separately, it is a fresh and very lively win with intense, fruity and floral aromas.

From the Hyblaean Mountains to the Vittoria Plain, we find the territory of the Chiaramonte Municipality where the Dirillo River marks its border with the province of Catania. The Chiaramonte Gulfi is rich with olive groves and olive presses that fall under the area of the ‘Hyblaean Mountains D.O.P. Consortium’ that safeguards and guarantees the excellent quality of the Extra Virgin Olive oil produced in the area of the Hyblaean Mountains. Visitors to the Hyblaean Mountains will find a variety of nature and colors where olive cultivation constitutes one of the most common agrarian landscapes with olive trees, often centuries old, located on the edge of citrus orchards or combined with other typical Hyblaean cultivations: carob groves, almond groves and vineyards. The hilly terrain has excellent drainage since it is not very deep with medium texture, rich in limestone and divided into terraces by dry stone walls. The temperature changes between the day and night hours in this area are particularly important occurrences for enhancing the organoleptic characteristics of the olives.

TONDA IBLEA

This grows on the Hyblaean Mountains at an altitude no higher than 600 meters a.s.l. with Chiaramonte Gulfi, in the Ragusa province, as the epicenter. The tonda iblea plant is rather vigorous, with be and fruit-bearing branches. The leaves, lance-shaped, are small and narrow with a matt green-gray color on the upper side. The drupe, round-shaped, is medium-sized (varying between 5 and 8 grams).

TONDA IBLEA
The oil is obtained through careful hand picking, careful pressing and extraction at the press strictly within 24 hours of harvesting and with scrupulous preservation in steel tanks. Organic farming methods were chosen for production of the oil, using only mineral products and organic fertilizers. The color is veiled green and it has a very fresh scent with clear notes of green tomato and freshly mowed wet grass. It has a harmonic and pungent flavor, silky and pleasantly flavored, rich in all the essence of the Hyblaean Mountains. Irresistible and thrilling, it is an oil that you will not soon forget.

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