In the beautiful, Unesco heritage-protected region of Noto, Sicily, lies Zisola, the latest endeavor from the Mazzei family. Here among the olive groves and citrus trees, the limited-production facility is dedicated to producing complex, elegant and age-worthy wines from Sicily's indigenous grape, Nero d’Avola, and to expressing the power and uniqueness of international varieties when grown in this region of Sicily.
This exceptional 124 acre estate was acquired by the Mazzei's, famed Tuscan winemaking family, in 2002 to showcase the potential of the area. Noto, celebrated for its Baroque architecture, is an alluring spot rich in history and culture, with incredible winemaking potential.
Noto (Siracusa) is one of the most beautiful areas of Sicily. The property is planted to vines as well as olive, citrus and almond trees, typical of this southern landscape. A small but efficient cellar is equipped with temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for fermentation, along with 200 French barriques for aging.
Vineyards cover approximately 17 hectares (42 acres) of the estate, covering mainly calcareous soils and planted chiefly to Nero d’Avola. Vines are trained in the traditional alberello (free standing) style. Small amounts of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are also cultivated. The vines enjoy a west/southwest exposure and benefit from a steady sea breeze, which cools the vineyards during the hot summer days and warms the land in the winter.
The thumbprint that appears on the label of the flagship Zisola bottling is that of Francesco Mazzei who, together with his father Lapo and his brother Filippo, are dedicated to placing the Mazzei family’s mark of uncompromised quality on this exciting viticultural region.