The grapes to produce the Nerello Mascalese Nocera Sicilia Doc “Pietre a Purtedda da Ginestra” Centopassi are harvested and then destemmed before they go through a period of maceration for around 12 days. The must is fermented at 24-26 ° C. The resulting wine is aged in new and used tonneaux for 18 months. The wine spends at least 6 months refinement in bottle before release.
Under the banner of Libera Terra, Centopassi cultivate land and vineyards that have been confiscated from the Mafia. Centopassi is the viticultural soul of the social cooperatives. All their vineyards are organically farmed and certified and are located in the Belice Corleonese, a site particularly suited to the production of high quality wines. The soils are rich in calcaire, and the vines are located high enough above sea level to keep them fresh and interesting. Yields are kept extremely low. Centopassi comprises of 94 hectares of confiscated Mafia land turned vineyards. The brave work undertaken by Centopassi helps create lawful work for locals and ensures good wages in addition to benefits access, such as, healthcare and pensions Not only is this project exceedingly noble but the wines are fantastic too. These products allow customers the ability to support this cause and aid in the breaking the mafias local control.