Traditional Ansonaco Wine
Explore the Vineyards of Giglio
Vines & Vineyards
Rich amber color. Subtle, pleasant bouquet of flowers and honey with notes of Mediterranean flora. Robust, with notes of apple and apricot.
Local Ansonaco Wine
Cantine Scarfo’ is a small, family winery that makes elegant, intensely flavored, and well-balanced wines that showcase the “terroir” of the island vineyards. In this way, the flavor and aromas of the vineyards can be experienced through the wine. Traditional approaches to the craft of winegrowing and winemaking contribute to charm of these authentic local wines.
In order to allow the grapes to express themselves and the territory, in the cellar the wine is made with the utmost respect and the minimum intervention. All winemaking practices from vineyard to cellar are organic and ecologically sustainable.
During the harvest in September, the grapes are handpicked and placed in crates that are carried on the shoulders of our strongest helpers, up the steep terraces and trails until they reach the roadway. The harvest, winemaking and the bottling all take place on the Island of Giglio.
Conservation of Traditional Winemaking
Many old-vine vineyards on the island have been abandoned. Other old-vines have been the victims of the arrival of new vintners who have intentionally removed the ancient vines, replacing them with new vines from the mainland. In the hopes of preserving the rich winemaking history of the island, Cantine Scarfo’ has rescued several old-vine vineyards and through careful cultivation and organic practices has helped the old vines survive. All old vines are cared for and when it comes time for pruning, their clippings are selected and grafted to young vine stock in order to continue their legacy. The challenges of cultivating these steeply terraced vineyards are many, but even greater is satisfaction behind honoring and practicing the local traditions of winemaking.