Federico Graziani

Federico Graziani

Sicily

Few people in Italy can claim to know the world of wine as thoroughly and from as many angles as Federico Graziani who, before becoming a top-class winemaker, was a sommelier, consultant and much more.
Federico made his debut so young he could almost be considered a child prodigy, enrolling in his first sommelier course at the age of fifteen (in 1990) and winning the Italian Association of Sommeliers’ ‘Best Italian Sommelier’ award eight years later. This recognition led to him immediately working with the most important chefs in the country, providing advice to important wineries and writing several books. He also continued to study and in 2006 obtained a degree in Viticulture and Oenology. Guided by his passion for wine, his path naturally led him to becoming a winemaker, where he brought together all he had learned over the years to bring to life his own personal vision of what a vineyard and cellar should be.
Having fallen in love long before with the wild slopes of Mount Etna – which boasts one of the oldest winemaking traditions in Europe, with vines rich in history, such as Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio or Carricante and Minnella – Graziani decided to produce his wine in Passopisciaro, in the Contrada Feudo di Mezzo.
The plots are between 600 and 1200 metres above sea level on the north and north-west slopes, in an ecosystem distinguished by its climatic variability and contrasting landscapes.
In the vineyard, he follows the traditional model of sapling breeding used in the area because it provides more space for the roots, and better irradiation and ventilation, and favours manual processing and harvesting. To keep it in total harmony with nature, pesticides and systemic treatments have been banned and only copper and sulphur are used. Salvo Foti and Maurizio Pagano manage the vineyards and bring the traditions of the Maestranza dei Vigneri – the first, historic association of Etna winemakers – into the present.
The non-invasive approach used in the vineyard is also found in the cellar, where only indigenous yeasts are used for fermentation and small, wooden barrels – never new ones – are used for ageing.

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  • Rosso di Mezzo is the new project that comes to life in the 2018 vintage by Federico Graziani, presently a leading actor in the viticulture of the North side of Mt. Etna thanks to modern, extreme, experimental and decidedly dynamic wines that are enriching the increasingly heterogeneous and important kaleidoscope of Etna winemaking.

    Obtained with the best grapes from even centenarians vines located in the Feudo di Mezzo area in the municipality of Passopisciaro at about 600 meters above sea level, it is produced for the first time in 2018 in lieu of Profumo di Vulcano.

    The vines insist on soils where the stratification of different lava flows attributable to well-defined and different historical periods brings complexity and heterogeneity thanks to the alternation of sands, ashes, pumices and lapilli, a mix that guarantees fertility to the soil and that finds in the climate of the North side a precious ally for growing healthy grapes rich in aromatic content.

    Transparent ruby ​​red color, in the best Etnean tradition, it has a fruity nose, with currant and blueberry in the forefront, followed by notes of blood orange, evident hints of aromatic herbs and caper leaf, with a note of flint at the end. In the mouth it flows straight and direct, with light tannins and a great freshness that leave the mouth clean, before a finish with a herbaceous aftertaste of medium persistence. Expectations towards Federico Graziani and his productions are always very high, as well as towards an Etnean viticulture that does not stop raising the bar by focusing on native vines, quality, modern and often extreme vinifications and continuing to prove how interesting this territory is, where great wines such as Rosso di Mezzo 2018 are now the masters.

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  • Only 1,600 bottles of Profumo di Volcano, 80 of which are magnums (2016), have been produced. It is a worthy expression of the terroir: the grapes, Nerello Mascalese and Cappuccio, mainly, come from vineyards that date back to the pre-phylloxera age, protected by ground that literally sinks below your feet! The vineyards being at an altitude of 600 metres guarantees a wide temperature range, as does the sheltered position of the Federico Graziani winery. These combine to cause slow maturation, which benefits the gustatory and olfactory complexity of this wine.

    With its ruby-red colour full of garnet reflections, Profumo di Vulcano reaches the nose elegantly, with clear hints of berries, which slowly give way to tertiary hints, the result of ageing in wood, including tobacco, accompanied by aromatic herbs. In the mouth it provides an even more intense experience by combining a complexity and softness that are characterised by an appealing aftertaste of cocoa. Noble but lively tannin guarantees good persistence and foreshadows interesting possibilities for future maturation. Welcome to Etna!

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