`Il Passo Verde` Organic Nero d`Avola


Vigneti Zabù

This is a young estate in southwestern Sicily, whose vineyards caught the eye...

and winemaking talents of Valentino Sciotti. Valentino (of Gran Sasso and Vesevo) saw they had great vineyards and a good winery but were missing the necessary expertise to make wines the market required. Valentino and his team of young winemakers have taken the raw materials and transformed them into wines that people want to drink.

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The vineyards for Vigneti Zabù were planted in 2005 on the hills around Lake Arancio in Sambuca di Sicilia. The crystal clear water creates an ideal microclimate for vine growing and protects the vines from the heat of Sicilian summers. The organic vines are low yielding.

Vintage Information

The 2017 vintage was characterised by relatively low rainfall, which was mainly concentrated in the autumn and winter months. Higher than average temperatures in July and August caused the grapes to ripen 1-2 weeks earlier than usual. Despite the high temperatures, the good diurnal temperature range ensured healthy grapes with good aromatic and phenolic ripeness.


The best organic grapes were selected for the production of this wine. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for eight days at controlled temperatures of 22°C. 50% of the wine was aged in French and American oak for around six to eight months, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then bottled to preserve the fruit flavours.

Tasting Notes

This Nero d'Avola is deep ruby red in colour with a bouquet of red and dark fruits, hints of spice and a balsamic, eucalyptus quality. This is a full-bodied wine with well-balanced acidity and lingering spicy black fruit on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Nero d`Avola
Region Sambuca, Sicily
Winemaker Filippo Baccalaro
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.6g/l
Residual Sugar 9g/l
Wine pH 3.55