Welcome home: how our Muscarò was born
History tells of when Prince Enrico di Campofranco, of the Bourbon family, became related to the Habsburgs and moved from Sicily to Caldaro, in Alto Adige, in 1851, bringing with him some “scions” of the Moscato Rosa grape. A vine, therefore, not only aromatic but also noble.
Moscato Rosa is not very fertile and poorly productive, with yields of 15-35 ql/ha. If the climate during flowering is not ideal, it tends to have a low percentage of fruit set, with uneven harvest yields.
We owe to Franco Zanovello, recently deceased, the return of Moscato Rosa to Sicily. He was a Venetian winemaker and a profound expert of wine and its territories.
When I met Franco for the first time, one of his gestures surprised me.
Visiting one of my vineyards, I saw him bending down and collecting a handful of soil and pebbles, to bring them to the nose and smell. Coming back home, I told my son Francesco that I met a man who knows how to talk to soil and stones.
Franco bought some land in Sicily and, with my land, together we planted a small Moscato Rosa vineyard. The Regional Institute of Wines and Oils of Sicily ran the experimentation: from the very first micro vinifications the surprising aromatic and flavor quality of this wonderful grape was highlighted.
It has received great appreciation and prestigious awards from refined consumers and national and international tasting juries. One of these awards was the top Gold medal won in 2017 with a score of 100 out of 100 by Wine System AG. This score had never been assigned before and it has been classified as the best organic wine in the world. From experimentation, and from that meeting, our Muscarò was born, definitely one of a kind. The expression of Moscato Rosa in Sicily in its sweetest and most harmonious form.