The semi-arid climate, the hot wind loaded with sand and the influence of the sea, created a habitat similar to that of the African continent. Carthaginians made humus from tillable soil and grew olive trees, figs, vines, date-palms and citron groves. Carthaginians slowly settled the entire western point of the island and took possession of Mothia, Palermo and Solunto, engaging conflicts with the despotic rulers of Siracusa. Although it was a Greek colony, Selinunte offered a strategic alliance to the Carthaginians. From there a community devoted to agriculture and trade started off and kept developing demographically and economically, to characterize the entire area for two centuries. In Greek civilization, the centre of architecture was the temple, the house of the gods, the sacred and the eternal, the expression of a sense of order and perfection. The acropolis of Selinunte, the largest archaeological park of Europe, survived throughout the peaceful period of cohabitation between the Carthaginians and the population of Selinunte until the break out of the first Punic war. The "E" temple is still there today to symbolize the sense of order and divine immortality opposed to the fugacity of the tangible world. History and territory have always moved together: contaminations between Carthaginians and Selinuntians led to social and demographic changes but left the landscape, as well as the charm of the footmarks of the past, unchanged.

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History and territory have always moved together left the landscape, as well as the charm of the footmarks of the past, unchanged. A millennial land, crossroads of populations and rules, Sicily is today a diversified melting pot of traditions, dialects, habits and customs, art treasuries and cultures, as the multiple testimonies left by the landscape and Phoenician, Punic, Arabic, Norman, and Roman rulers prove. Different ethnic groups have reached our island and settled here over the centuries, but the greatest part of the history started with the arrival of the Greeks in the 8th century b.C. The Greeks founded the first big cities, almost all of them on the coasts: Catania, Taormina, Gela, and then Segesta, Agrigento, Selinunte, Siracusa. The latter ruled over the others over time. Later on, after 450 b.C., Carthaginians crossed our sea and berthed at the south-western coast of the island. That is the place, located between the Doric temples of Selinunte and the excavations of Eraclea Minoa, between the African Sea and green hills, where the territory of Menfi lies with all its historical and archaeological testimonies.

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And it is precisely from the vineyards that enlighten the landscape with a green light that Cartagho was born, an impressive red wine, a conqueror, produced with grapes of Nero díAvola, a traditional Sicilian variety. Its name originates from the ancient history of Sicily. It is an intense, strong, assertive wine with a great personality. After an accurate selection of the vineyards with a clearest vocation, grown on vertical trellises, the grapes are produced with peak yields from an organoleptic point of view and ageing potential. In this land and with the vine growing techniques used, Nero díAvola gives a wine with unique and distinctive colour, structure and scents. Grapes are collected manually during the night-time harvest by local wine-makers to be subsequently vinified and aged for one year in French oak barriques. The wine obtained is of a ruby red colour with purplish reflexes, scents of ripe cherry, deep and elegant olfactory sensations of liquorice, plum, and jam. A pleasant and soft palate is the maximum expression of an extraordinary territory. A great classical product, an excellence that was awarded 3 glasses by the Italian Wine Guide drawn up by Gambero Rosso.

Mandrarossa Cartagho

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