Soils of Mandrarossa

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.

Terre di Mandrarossa

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.

Terre di Mandrarossa

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.

Terre di Mandrarossa


Monovarietal Petit Verdot is grown in the homonym contrada that is characterized by the dry climate and the red color of the sandy soil rich in iron, which gives the wine great minerality and intense scents.

Timperosse Terre


It stands on rolling hills that are reflected in Lake Arancio, whose waters quench the birds during their migration to Africa. The clayey soil makes this blend of Fiano and Chenin Blanc fragrant and scented, with good acidity.

Santannella Terre

Urra di Mare

Monovarietal Sauvignon Blanc is grown in the namesake district, situated on the edge of a nature reserve. Its vineyards slope down to the sea, caressed by cool breezes. The medium-textured soil gives the wine great tanginess and typically Mediterranean aromas.

Urra di Mare terre


A contrada once harsh and wild, now cultivated with vineyards of Merlot and Alicante Bouschet. Rich in calcareous soil, which reflect the sunlight, creating the ideal conditions to produce an intense wine of great character.

Calcareo Cavadisepre


A contrada in the heart of Menfi, rich in vineyards of Nero d’Avola and Cabernet Franc. The high summer temperatures and sharp differences in temperature between day and night are ideal for the ripening of the grapes, which yield a wine with a strong character and great softness.

Limoso Bonera

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