Morgante winery was born in Sicily, in the lovely countryside of Grotte, a small city in the southern province of Agrigento, once very well-known for its sulphur mines. This project began as the ambition of a family of agriculturists using the knowledge gained over five generations as grape-growers.
In 1989, Antonio Morgante, with enthusiastic support of his sons Carmelo and Giovanni, decided to vinify his own grapes. This decision represented the beginning of a strong commitment to achieve the best results with the indigenous grape Nero D’Avola, the only endemic red grape variety of great importance in Sicily, which the Morgante family has always grown.
In 1997, a stroke of luck brought renowned oenological consultant Riccardo Cotarella to the winery. With Riccardo, the Morgante family has advanced their agricultural experimentation and refined their vinification techniques with the aim of producing world-class wines from 100% Nero d’Avola grapes.
All aspects of production from vineyard to cellar are rigorously controlled by every member of the family, all dedicated to making wines of the highest possible quality.
The pursuit of excellence has always been the philosophy of the Morgante family. They want to provide to their customers very high quality products, fruit of their passion and careful devotion, that make the brand Morgante a symbol for quality and refined elegance.
Our values are at the base of our success, they have stayed true and unaltered in the course of the time. It is also thanks to these values that the unmistakable Morgante’s style is known worldwide.
Passion and enthusiasm with which we carry out our daily work.
Professionalism and responsibility with which we guarantee the excellence of our products and of the services we offer our customers.
Company culture based on trust, mutual respect and team spirit.
Integrity, sincerity and consistency lead all our decisions, actions and communications.
The Morgante family pays particular attention to its consumers’ needs, for this reason, they constantly work to achieve high-quality products.
This dedication is put into action by a continuous and careful manufacturing process, with control from the cultivation stage to the final product, in complete respect of the technical advice and obligations laid down by the national and international existing regulations.
Moreover, for the production of the wines, they avail themselves to the advice of the great oenologist Riccardo Cotarella, with whom they plan continuous improvements of the production techniques.
The family manages a farm of 200 hectares in small plots sowing vineyards, grain, olive trees, and almond trees in the hilly territory.
The plots of land are at altitudes between 350-550 meters above sea level.
The territory lies at a distance of 25 km from the splendid Valley of the Temples of Agrigento.
GEOGRAPHY & NUMBERS
Sicily’s vineyards extend for 350,000 acres, representing 17.5 % of the region’s agricultural surface. It is Italy’s most grape-planted region; Puglia is 2nd with 14.5% and Veneto is 3rd with 9.4%.
Most of the vineyards extend less than 8 acres; among 56,000 producers, only 4,000 have 15 acres or more. Only 455 companies bottle wine here, and more than 50 of them are cooperative cellars.
In 2011, wine production was about 185,000 gallons (almost 48,000 gallons are classified IGT and DOC). White wines represent the majority, with 70% of the total production coming from the Trapani area.
In the last years, the percentage of white-grape vineyards has decreased from 75% in 2000 to 66% in 2012. On the other hand, there is an increase of varietals such as the iconic Nero D’Avola.
Agrigento, the home of Morgante, is the 2° most planted province in Sicily.
The most planted grapes are: Catarrato 33.21%, Nero d’Avola 15.82%, Trebbiano toscano 7.16%, Inzolia 6.66%, Grecanico 4.53%, Syrah 4.35%, Merlot 4.05%, Chardonnay 4.02%, Cabernet Sauvignon 3.29%.
DOCG Denomination: Cerasuolo di Vittoria.
DOC Denominations: Sicilia ; Etna; Marsala; Moscato di Pantelleria, Passito di Pantelleria e Pantelleria; Alcamo; Moscato di Siracusa; Malvasia delle Lipari; Moscato di Noto; Faro; Contessa Entellina; Eloro; Menfi; Sambuca di Sicilia; Contea di Sclafani; Santa Margherita Belice; Delia Nivolelli; Sciacca; Monreale; Riesi; Mamertino di Milazzo; Erice; Vittoria e Salaparuta
IGT Denominations: Terre Siciliane; Camarro; Fontanarossa di Cerda; Salemi; Valle del Belice
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