Mandrarossa’s vineyards are located along the southern coast of Sicily where they produce grapes of excellent quality thanks to unique environmental conditions. The different terroirs afford each grape variety the ideal conditions to exalt their quality. An exceptional combination of soils, slopes, aspects and altitudes characterize the hilly environment where the vineyards grow. And the type of soil is one of the fundamental elements.
There are five different types of soil that change from one inch to another on these hills, creating an incredible tapestry of colors, and each grape variety is grown on the ideal terrain to allow the wine to have a unique and unmistakable profile and excellent quality.
Sandy soil: Consisting of sand as well as minerals such as gravel, which ensure capillary water distribution and drainage. The vine roots penetrate deep into these soils, which are easy to work due to their scarce cohesion. The grapevines growing on sandy soils yield delicate and fragrant wines to be consumed young.
Calyey soil: Its texture is composed of minerals, silica, and iron, and the humus is typically very compact and dense, rich in potassium. The great water retention capacity and absorbing power help the plants to grow strong and healthy, even during periods of drought. This type of soil yields soft wines, rich in extract and with a good minerality.
Loose Packed soil: Composed mainly of sand and clay, it is a permeable and very fertile soil, which provides calcium and magnesium essential to the nutrition of the plant and ideal for elegant and well-structured wines, with great length and balance.
Calcareous soil: Rich in nutrients, including potassium and magnesium, it is among the best suited for vineyards. Very fertile because it retains calcium, which is essential for plant life. Its components yield the heat of the sun absorbed during the day to the grape bunches at night. These soils produce well-structured, perfumed and ageable wines, rich in minerals..
Limestone soil: Composed of silt, sand and clay, it is able to absorb water and gradually yield it to the root of the plants. It is a compact soil with great plasticity and rich in nutrients. These soils produce light, fragrant and elegant wines.
Mandrarossa territorial wines come from five local districts, or contradas, each with its specific terroir, each with a different soil, giving each wine unique and unmistakable scents and tastes.
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