Today marks the winners preview of the taste batteries for Gambero Rosso Vini d'Italia 2020 guide. We're starting from South Italy, precisely from Sicily.

From today on gamberorosso.it website all the official previews of the wines awarded with Tre Bicchieri recognition. Let’s start with Sicily.

Trends in the Sicilian wine world

The 26 Sicilian Tre Bicchieri highlight the trends identified for some years in the Sicilian wine world. Meanwhile, they confirm the ever-increasing stylistic precision of the individual wines and their unquestionable quality, which is common to all players, both famous and not, small or large, as proof of an acquisition of excellent skills and sensitivity towards the market; a success that can’t be simply explained as the favorable price-quality ratio of the island’s offer.

The Sicilia Doc

More brilliant than ever, in numerical terms, is the Sicilia Doc denomination, which in July saw the appellation of over 60 million bottles, with a reasonable forecast––at the end of 2019––of 100 million thus confirming an extraordinary success. This was achieved with a gradual process, started about two decades ago, and which brought to the island great expertise in oenology, agronomy and marketing, plus professionals and skills who in turn gave birth to and developed many more, new and of absolute value, in Sicily.

Sicily’s cooperative wineries

Once again, the performance of cooperative wineries is of great importance, increasingly on the virtuous path that has permanently placed them among the most active protagonists, in terms of know-how, commercial skills, world view and markets. The reference to Etna and its wines is almost pleonastic––authentic gems of an island that is a continent––which strongly reaffirms its specificity as a unique and highly original volcanic land. But we are sure that all areas and all the extraordinary traditional vines – and beyod – are equally well represented in the Guide.

The news in the 2020 Guide edition

And here are the real innovations of the 2020 Guide: well deserved Tre Bicchieri go to Nero d’Avola Fontanelle ’14, an Eloro of great personality, deep and typical, precious fruit of the historic Curto winery. Top recognition also goes to Terre Rosse di Giabbascio by Centopassi, a magnificent catarratto for fruit sharpness, drinkability and exuberant character. The history of this winery is a symbol of the fight against the mafia and an example that we hope many more will follow, because day after day with their commitment they are showing that any change can happen.

Sicilian wines awarded with Tre Bicchieri recognition:

Alessandro di Camporeale – Sicilia Grillo V. di Mandranova 2018

Alta Mora – Etna Bianco Alta Mora 2018

Assuli Sicilia – Perricone Furioso 2016

Benanti – Etna Rosso Contrada Monte Serra 2017

Tenute Bosco – Etna Rosso Vico Prephylloxera 2016

Caravaglio – Malvasia delle Lipari Passito 2018

Le Casematte – Faro 2017

Centopassi – Sicilia Catarratto Terre Rosse di Giabbascio 2018

Cottanera – Etna Rosso Feudo di Mezzo 2016

Curto – Eloro Nero d’Avola Fontanelle 2014

Cusumano – Sicilia Grillo Shamaris 2018

Donnafugata – Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé 2016

Feudi del Pisciotto – Cerasuolo di Vittoria Giambattista Valli Paris 2017

Feudo Maccari – Sicilia Nero d’Avola Saia 2017

Firriato – Etna Bianco Cavanera Ripa di Scorciavacca 2017

Graci – Etna Rosso Arcurìa 2017

Nicosia – Etna Rosso Vign. Monte Gorna Ris. 2013

Palmento Costanzo – Etna Rosato Mofete 2018

Passopisciaro – Contrada C 2017

Pietradolce – Etna Rosso V. Barbagalli 2016

Planeta – Noto Nero d’Avola Santa Cecilia 2016

Rallo – Sicilia Bianco Maggiore 2018

Cantine Settesoli – Sicilia Mandrarossa Cartagho 2017

Tasca d’Almerita – Sicilia Bianco Nozze d’Oro 2017

Tenuta di Fessina – Etna Bianco A’ Puddara 2017

Tornatore – Etna Rosso 2017