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INSOLIA TERRE SICILIANE IGT "CARINDA" Assuli
- Region: Sicilia
- Type: Still white wine
- Proof: 12,5/13%
- Wine Variety: 100% Insolia
- Place of production, aging, service temperature: Vineyards in the Municipality of Mazara del Vallo (TP). Maturation in steel containers for 4/5 months on the lees and bottle aging for at least 2/3 months. Service Temp.8/10 Degrees.
- Uniqueness: Sicilian native wine of great elegance, softness and easy to drink. Very ancient history.
The vine variety brought by the great navigators
Vine variety with Norman origins. There are hardly any documents or scientific evidence on its history, but it is the protagonist of the oral tradition. It is conceivable that the Norman populations introduced it by taking vine varieties from Greece, an aspect that can be partly sustained considering recent genetic studies that assimilate the variety to the Greeks "Rhoditis" and "Sideritis". So, a passage from Greece but perhaps not by the Greek colonists, so by navigators such as the Normans who had in-depth exchanges with the Sicilian population. It seems we can confirm that Sicily was the home of the variety. Outside Sicily, the vine variety is known above all as Ansonica (name with which it is present in the General Register of Vine Varieties since 1970) even if this name is also found today in Sicily. Insolia is one of the most varietal vines in all of Sicily and begins to be increasingly vinified in purity to underline its quality (unlike previous uses). For centuries the vine has also been used as a table grape, while today it is practically used only for winemaking. Always in a more recent past, the vine variety has been used in the production of Marsala and Vermuth, which is still in progress but extremely marginal compared to the largely primary use for vinification.
With grilled crustaceans
Perfect to drink it in a small restaurant by the sea in Sicily for lunch, on a hot off-season day, eating grilled crustaceans with your hands, letting yourself be dazzled by the colour of the sea, always different because of the shadows induced by the rare clouds rushing in the sky, which sometimes darken the sun and then make it shine again.
In Sicily and Tuscany
Present substantially indistinct throughout Sicily. It is present in Agrigento, Palermo, Caltanissetta and Trapani. And then in Tuscany, with the name Ansonica, in the provinces of Pisa, Val di Cornia, Livorno, Grosseto, Isola d 'Elba, Giglio and Monte Argentario.