The southern coast of Sicily is a strip of land with strong African features. Both the southerly sirocco wind and the sea carry sands, seeds and small plant species from Africa to this part of the island, which is characterized by wild and sunny beaches, crystal-clear waters and enchanting seascapes. The fine grains of sand from the African desert, carried by the wind, gently settle along the shores to form long beaches adorned with dunes of very fine sand.
Due to the island’s climate, low rainfalls and large diurnal temperature variations, as well as the influence of the wind and the high summer temperatures, these dunes are surrounded by untouched vegetation, with soft-colored flowers and creeping succulents whose roots help to consolidate them. Spontaneously-growing cacti and a rich marine life are the symbols of a natural habitat of rare beauty. Dwarf fan palms, succulents, sea daffodils, beetles and a lush spontaneous vegetation create an evocative and unique landscape.
A fascinating and enchanting terrain, not only because of its beauty, but also because of its extraordinary variety and biodiversity. This stunning, natural setting is home to the Mandrarossa Costadune monovarietal wines, made from three autochthonous grape varieties which are best grown on sandy soils in coastal areas characterized, as is the case here, by sinuous dunes. Grecanico, a fresh and sapid white wine with intense scents of Sicilian citrus fruit and flowers. Grillo, an elegant, deeply Sicilian white wine with delicate floral notes and hints of citron and lemon. And finally Nero d’Avola which, here, displays intense flavors of ripe marasca cherries, plums and red mulberries, strong mineral tones and surprising suppleness.
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