The protagonists of the adventure of SantaMariaLaNave are our heroic vineyards, climbing at high altitudes on an active volcano and enduring harsh temperature changes, which enrich the aroma of the grapes; Mount Etna, that reaches the highest degree of its wild fertility in the area of the Contrada; the botanical and climatic landscape, helping to preserve a healthy environment where to grow our fruits; our collaborators, from the agronomists to the enologists, who help us respecting what nature gave us.
The Fruit of the Passion of the Mulone Family
The Mulone family has decided that its grapes and wine should be the ones speaking and has refused to assume a leading role: a choice uncommon in this sector. The love between the family and its vines is very old and dates back to 1954, when Giuseppe Mulone (called Peppino), a gentleman farmer of Regalbuto, a town in the province of Enna, moved with its family to Catania, following a common trend of the period, in order to look for better-off and steadier living conditions. He found his first job on Mount Etna, where Peppino would take part in the harvests of Zafferana.
He was fascinated by the fertility of this volcanic soil, by the richness of its vineyards and by the magnificence of the grapes. His relationship with Mount Etna and its vineyard lasted for several years, until his last son who was still in Sicily, “spared” by the migratory flows that emptied Sicily of many tireless workers, bought a property on Etna, in the municipality of Viagrande.