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Carlo Ferrini is Italian royalty when it comes to winemaking. In a glittering career as consultant winemaker at some of Tuscany’s most formidable estates (Brancaia and Castello di Fonterutoli to name just two) and the driving force behind their success, it came as no surprise that he would eventually put down his own roots. Carlo chose Montalcino and in 2010, alongside daughter Bianca, they bought a 5.5 hectare parcel of land in a location to the south east of the appellation. Here the galestro and clay soils are perfectly suited to his variety of Sangiovese clones. Giodo, named after his parents, Giovanna and Donatello, was formed and international acclaim was instant. Carlo’s philosophy is “the search for elegance,” preferring to harvest two days too early rather than two days too late. He often recalls a cherished memory of tasting 1990 Château Margaux at a restaurant in Italy in 1993, when he was astounded at the elegance at such an early stage of the wine’s development. This was a turning point that set him on the pursuit of elegance ever since.
Formerly churning out gallons of bulk wine, Sicily is in the throws of a viticultural revolution and now boasts many excellent wines. Geographically diverse, the island's wine reflect this variety. Planeta got the world's attention with its excellent Chardonnay and Merlot, but increasingly it is a raft of indigenous varieties that are hitting the headlines. Delicious Etna Rosso made from Nerello Mascalese, unctuous Passito di Pantelleria from Moscato and full-bodied reds from Nero d'Avola are all of interest.