Exploring the Contradas

Places that seem to come straight from a fairy tale from which to enjoy breathtaking sunsets and fields of glass blown by the wind.

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Vineyards and wine have always been a staple presence in Menfi andits surroundings, where wine is grown on about 7,000 hectares of land. Evidence of the rich production of wine and the flourishing wine trade is provided by the many historical sources that mention Menfi among the "most renowned" wine-growing areas in Sicily for the quality and quantity of the existing vineyards, by the innumerable wine amphorae dating to Greek and Roman times found along the coast of Porto Palo, by the findings in the Bonera and Gurra di Mare Contradas in Menfi and on the hills of Montevago and Santa Margherita Belìce and, more recently, by the wine vats, called "palmenti", of the many local estates.

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The entire area is divided into a host of Contradas, namely rural zones with a deep-rooted vocation for wine-growing and dotted with fine vineyards, which by tradition stand out for the cultivation of autochthonous grape varieties among which Grecanico and Nero D'Avola or international cultivars such as Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. These lands also excel for innovation and experimentation with the cultivation of Fiano, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Alicante Bouschet, Chenin Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Exploring these contradas, enjoying the marvelous landscapes, the colors and intoxicating scents, and watching the cycle of farming activities in the fields as the seasons change, always marked by the same rhythm and passion, are a unique experience for any visitor. The itinerary is captivating in its simplicity and ardor. Patches of golden wheat erupt among the green of the vineyards and olive groves, as you encounter farmhouses in ruins that bear the traces of time, old, abandoned train stations, age-old farmsteads that once were home to the farmers who cultivated the lands of the local feudal lord, sheds where the farmers keep their farming implements and vehicles, and country houses that are like genuine oases where you can while the summer away and relax surrounded by nature. 

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These are all places that seem to pop out of a fairy tale or folk song, vantage points that afford views of breathtaking sunsets and meadows swept by the wind. During harvest, which spans a period of over two months, from when the sultry August heat breaks out to well into the month of October, not only can you watch hard-working farmers who experience this time as a long feast, but you can also catch the scent of must that will lead you straight to the many wine cellars where the grapes are taken. Once there, they will be pressed and become precious wine. 

Mandrarossa Mappe Territoriali

It is right here, in the contradas with the strongest wine-growing vocation, that Mandrarossa has selected the finest vineyards in the course of time, creating a map that allows you to locate them in this wide territory.

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Urra di Mare

Contrada Urra di Mare, just a short distance away from the beach, yields a fresh and aromatic monovarietal Sauvignon Blanc, a white winewith an especially evocative name that carries all the salinity of the soils where the vineyard is planted and delves its roots into its depths.

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Contrada Cavadiserpe and its vineyards are kissed byan extraordinary light and yield Nero d'Avola, Merlot and innovative Alicante Bouschet cultivars to create a pleasant and well-orchestrated red wine with astrong character and lingering scents.

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Contrada Timperosse, named after the reddish color of the soil, called "timpa" in the local dialect, yields the uniqueblend of Syrah and Petit Verdot with its intense scents of ripe red berries.

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Contrada Bonera, a level stretch of land at 150 meters above sea level, yields a blend of Nero d'Avola and Cabernet Sauvignon in which an autochthonous grape variety meets with an international cultivar to give a wine with a deep red color and smooth taste.

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Contrada Sant'Annella, at about 250 meters above sea level, gives a wine that is the fruit of careful experimentation, a breathtaking blend of Fiano, Viognier and Chenin Blanc grapes for an aromatic, complex and balanced white wine.

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This is where the territory's wines are born, with their strong character that allows them to fully bring out the unique features of the land that has yielded them and from which they take their name.

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