The new but highly regarded wine estateÂ Chiuse del Signore, sits grandly on a charming hilltop atÂ 550 metresÂ above the sea level, in the small town of Linguaglossa, in theÂ Etna Natural Park.Producing first-rate wines and olive oils, this viticultural family-owned farm, dating back to the 20th century, is part of theÂ Gais Hotels Group in Taormina.
The Groupâ€™s coat of arms, representing a rampant female centaur symbol of the city of Taormina and a couple of golden eagles, from the town blazon ofÂ Linguaglossa, virtually features the strong and ancient family bond with both towns.
The serendipity ofÂ 60 hectaresÂ of lazy vineyard-hopping drives, covering the fertile volcano lower slopes, is heightened by the regionâ€™s postcard-perfect sicilian landscape.In theÂ Chiuse del Signore Estate, the road zigzags and moseys along fruit trees, a chestnut grove and a great variety of rose bushes, lying around the ancient familyÂ castle " Villa Nicolosi", atÂ 550 metres above sea level, in the idyllic countryside setting of lush vineyard-covered slopes of the Etna foothills.
That's where the Estate wines are born, from vineyards planted on the north orientedÂ Etna mountain, on rich soils resulting from oldÂ volcanic eruptions, that show up their fine qualities. AnÂ oasis measuring about 150 acres, where the Volcano oversees theÂ Alcantara river valleyÂ and theÂ golden beaches of Taormina.Â
In Linguaglossa, the olive trees break up the rows of vines, against a backdrop of oaks and hazels. TheÂ oilsÂ produced in the Estate, has only recently been marketed and are obtained from a blend of different qualities and they are all characterised by theÂ special microclimate of the area.Â
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