1824
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Corvo Bianco and Corvo Rosso are born

Giuseppe Alliata, Prince of Villafranca, Prince of the Sacred Roman Empire, Grandee of Spain and Duke of Salaparuta, a passionate connoisseur of good wine, decides to produce a delicate, elegant, “french style” wine, from the grapes of his own estate located in Casteldaccia. The company’s first wines are born and are an absolute innovation compared to the island’s production at that time.

Corvo Bianco and Corvo Rosso are born.

1832
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Cantine Florio

Vincenzo Florio acquires land on a strip of beach situated between the bagli (the wineries) of Ingham and Woodhouse, and builds the Florio winery in a typical Anglo-Saxon style of the times complete with lancet arches and floors of pressed tuff powder. The building inspired great admiration and improved the industrial nature of the city of Marsala helping it develop into one of Sicily’s richest business centres.

1833
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The establishment of Cantine Florio

Vincenzo Florio founds the Cantine Florio giving not only a new dimension to the city of Marsala but contributing to the creation of modern Sicily.

1840
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Family passion

The production of Corvo Wines, a passion more than a business for Duke Giuseppe Alliata, continues with his son Edoardo, that thanks to his sharp business and management skills, transforms his father passion into a family business.

1855
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Marsala of quality

After 20 years, Cantine Florio acquires fame through its quality marsala. The on market saturation had not worried Vincenzo Florio because in the years between 1840 and 1845 he had diversified his interests to maritime transports, fabrics, metallurgy, tuna-fishing grounds and sulphur mines. The wine’s long ageing process helps the quality of the wine, so the long wait was not a problem but an advantage.

1857
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Corvo Prima Goccia is born

Edoardo Alliata, Duke of Salaparuta, builds the Cantine di Casteldaccia and imports Mabille wine presses from France that allow to draw only the first pressed must. Corvo Prima Goccia is born.

1860
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Garibaldi visits the wineries

Garibaldi lands at Marsala, visits the Florio wineries and conquers the whole island.

1861
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The affirmation of marsala

The affirmation of the marsala is complete.
The winery uses power steamed engines able to produce fifty thousand barrels of spirit and three thousand barrels of wine annually.

1865
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Phylloxera in Europe

Phylloxera causes heavy financial losses across Europe. Duke Eduardo acquires American cuttings in France and prepares the land for the arrival of the parassite. Years later, while the vineyards throughout Italy are destroyed by the Phylloxera, Corvo’s countryside is covered with healthy vineyards.

1868
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100 thousand bottles

Corvo production reaches one hundred thousand bottles that are sold in Sicily,Italy, USA, South America and Australia.

1874
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Corvo as a trademark

On the 15th of July Edoardo Alliata registers Corvo as a trademark following the wines’ commercial success and to protect the growing label from imitators.

1889
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Florio Cellars are managed by Mr. Gordon

Cantine Florio are managed by Mr. Gordon, an Englishman living in Marsala. The wine is stocked in American oak barrels (the wood is transported by the Florio ships on their return trips from North America) and manufactured in the cantina.

1891
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Cantine Florio owns 14 roofed shelters of various lengths (from 140 to 214 meters) where the barrels are stocked on three lines, one on top of the others, for a few meters in height. This is the place where the marsala is stocked since 1830 when the wineries were founded.

1898
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Duca Enrico and the innovation

The interest of the Alliata family for Casteldaccia and its wines, is reached with Duke Enrico who followed the product diversification started by his grandfather Edoardo continuously adding new products and labels. Excellent winemaking capability, international studies, and sensibility made Duke Enrico a master of modern Italian winemaking.

1904
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The establishment of S.A.V.I.

Together with other eight businessman from Marsala, Florio establishes the S.A.V.I. (Anonymous Italian Winemaking Company – Società Anonima Vinicola Italiana).

1906
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Targa Florio is born

On May 6th the Targa Florio car race is born.

Organising an international car race at the beginning of the century on the streets of Sicily was an absolute crazy idea that only the instinct and acumen of Vincenzo Florio could conceive. In fact, the streets of the island were still characterised by the precarious Borbonic tracks, made of steep ups and downs, rough pave-ways, tortuous paths and unlimited roughness. This defects became, thanks to the intuition of Vincenzo Florio the fortune of the project. He didn’t omit any organisational details and called upon Lalique, refined representative of the Art Nouveau movement, to craft the trophy, used his own ships to ferry the participants to Sicily and called the best artists of the time to create a commercial campaign with billboards, posters and postcards. His efforts were rewarded: 30 cars enrolled for the race, a record number and obtained a huge popular success.

1912
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Recognition from Roma to New York

Duke Enrico, thanks to Corvo wine, receives numerous awards from Italy and America.
His innovative vision, the excellent work both in the vineyards and winery and the new more accessible wines are the key factors for the large number of awards.

1915
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The launch of VecchioFlorio

VecchioFlorio, the world’s most famous marsala, is born.
VecchioFlorio, a unique amber-coloured dry marsala, ages for almost three years in ancient durmast barrels from Slavonia.

1920
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The launch of Ala

Ala fortified wine is created by Duke Enrico for his wife Sonia de Ortusar as an accompaniment to her favourite food, chocolate. Ala, a wine born of love.

1924
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Cinzano acquires the Cantine Florio

Cinzano acquires the Cantine Florio.

1928
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Florio, Woodhouse, Whitaker e Ingham

Woodhouse, Whitaker and Ingham, three English names that have marked the birth of marsala wine, become an integral part of Florio’s heritage; the winery continues production of these historic labels.

1930
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Duca Enrico and his company growth

Duke Enrico takes his company to new levels of recognition.
A man known for his innovative vision, Duke Enrico publishes one of the first books on vegetarian cuisine and creates a new line of wine labels.

Thanks to Duke Enrico’s work the company is recognised with 72 diplomas, 64 medals, and exclusive contracts with Real Casa, Embassies, and the authorisation from the Holy See to celebrate Mass with Corvo wine.

1941
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A small quantity of marsala wine is saved from the bombings

”Del 1941” is one of the company’s most precious vintages. A small quantity of this rare marsala wine is saved from the bombings of Marsala and Cantine Florio during World War 2.

1943
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Cantine Florio: the renovation

The Florio Wineries are devastated by air bombings. Post-war reconstruction will prove to be slow and particularly challenging.

1946
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Topazia Alliata

Topazia Alliata is the last family member to run the company. The daughter of Duke Enrico di Salaparuta, married to Fosco Maraini and mother of Italian writer Dacia Maraini. Topazia Alliata, known for her strong and independent character, will run the family business with passion and strength.

1959
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Colomba Platino is born

Colomba Platino, one of the great Sicilian white wines, is born.
Its creation is the result of Topazia Alliata’s work and her following in her father’s teachings and steps coupled with a desire to create a superior white wine, delicate and elegant, for pairing exclusively with shellfish, seafood and lobster. Over fifty years later, this Insolia-made wine still retains the unique profile and charm of a forever class white wine.

1961
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Topazia, last of the Alliata family to run the business, hands it over to SOFIS – Regional Organisation for Industrial Development and Promotion. SOFIS – later ESPI, Organisation for Industrial Development and Production – restructures the managerial organisation, increases production and brings the company to be considered one of the best in its industry by the beginning of the 1980s.

1964
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The Region of Sicily begins its restructuring phase; in a few years regional production grows from 150.000 to 715.000 units. The national sales network is also restructured increasing export sales by 83%.

1968
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Corvo Rosa is launched

Corvo Rosa is launched on the market.

1971
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The launch of Duca Brut

Duca Brut Duca di Salaparuta is launched by the winery.
A sparkling wine made with the most carefully selected first-press must from Grecanico and Chardonnay grapes and produced with the Charmat method. Duca Brut is an elegant, fresh wine – in style and taste – with a complex bouquet of ripe fruit in harmony with nuances of bread crusts. Duca Brut is a uniquely satisfying drinking experience with an unmistakable personality.

1977
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7 millions of bottles

Duca di Salaparuta production reaches seven million bottles following a restructuring of company operation. The bottling lines are substituted with a new and completely automated plant.

1979
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The launch of Baglio Florio

First year of production for Baglio Florio, a Grillo-grape marsala aged for over ten years in precious, ancient kegs. Baglio Florio is an elegant and refined wine distinguished by a uniquely intense and persistent flavour that evokes powerful emotions.

1981
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Terre Arse birth

Terre Arse Florio, a virgin marsala, is launched as an expression of Florio’s most refined winemaking. Made with Grillo grapes, Terre Arse Florio is distinguished by an unmistakable aroma of great elegance; notes of bitter almonds and burnt honey introduce a particularly dry and harmonious taste characterised by a base of vanilla and liquorice root.

1982
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The launch of Targa Riserva 1840

Florio launches Targa Riserva 1840, a semidry marsala, an evolution of Old Golden Syracuse from the 19th century. This amber superior marsala evokes the signature qualities of Riserva Florio founded in 1840. Made exclusively with Grillo white grapes grown along the coast of the Marsala area it is aged for at least six years in durmast barrels.

1984
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Restructuring time

The restructuring of the Florio wineries begins and will be completed at the beginning of the ‘90s.

1984
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The birth of Duca Enrico

Duca di Salaparuta produces a single-variety Nero d’Avola for the first time and inaugurates a new era of Sicilian winemaking.
Duca Enrico is born of the desire to produce a great red Sicilian wine capable of successfully competing at the highest international levels.

1985
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The exports grow

Duca di Salaparuta exports almost 40% of its total production abroad. The main markets are the United States of America, Germany and England.

1987
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Bianca di Valguarnera is born

Bianca di Valguarnera is born through careful study and research. A number of white wines made from Insolia grapes and ripened in vineyards on the hills of Salemi are selected for their structure, elegance and persistence.

1988
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Corvo Novello and Morsi di Luce are born

Corvo introduces Corvo Novello on the market.
Morsi di Luce is launched by Florio as the first fortified muscat wine in Sicily. Made from Zibibbo di Pantelleria grapes and aged in small durmast barrels, Morsi di Luce is a shining golden fortified wine with topaz accents, round and soft to the taste with distinctive flavours of acacia honey, citron peel, elderberries and sage.

1990
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The company’s product portfolio grows and diversifies.

The company’s product portfolio grows and diversifies.
Corvo produces three distinct lines “linea classica” (Corvo Bianco, Corvo Rosso, Corvo Rosato and Novello), “linea moderna” (Colomba Platino, Terra d’Agala) and “linea riserve” (Duca Enrico e Bianca di Valguarnera.) During this period of time Corvo also acquires the wineries at Aspra, amongst the first in Italy equipped with an advanced system for temperature monitoring and control.

1994
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Corvo Glicine's birth

Corvo launches Corvo Glicine, one of the winery’s most successful products.
Corvo Glicine is an extremely pleasant wine characterised by a rich and intense bouquet of unmistakable fragrances. A fresh and well balanced product, Corvo Glicine is the result of careful and balanced winemaking with quality and innovative grapes – an enjoyable drinking experience for those that don’t want to give up on quality.

1998
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Triskelè's birth

Triskelè, a red wine with great personality is launched on the market. Triskelè is an elegant, barrique-aged blend of Nero d’Avola and Merlot.

1998
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Malvasia delle Lipari and Grecale are born

Malvasia delle Lipari, Florio winery’s first passito wine, is born. An excellent and rare passito wine characterised by an intense golden colour and pleasant taste profile, Malvasia delle Lipari’s bouquet evokes all the fragrances of the mediterranean bush.
Florio launches Grecale, a fortified muscat dessert wine made with Zibibbo e Moscato bianco.

2001
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Illva Saronno Holding S.p.A

In May 2001 Illva Saronno Holding S.p.A., an international company with a rich portfolio of Spirits and Food brands, acquires Azienda di Casteldaccia through its subsidiary, Florio.

2002
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Three estates with great heritage and a historical vocation to winemaking are purchased:
Suor Marchesa, a Riesi
Vajasindi, on the slopes of Mt. Etna, Castiglione di Sicilia
Risignolo, in Salemi

Florio launches Passito di Pantelleria.

2003
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Duca di Salaparuta S.p.A. is born

Azienda Casa Vinicola Duca di Saparuta S.p.A and S.A.V.I. Florio & C. S.p.A. merge and are known as Duca di Salaparuta S.p.A.

2004
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Aspra cellars renovation

The wineries at Aspra are restructured and equipped with cutting edge technology for the optimal treatment of grapes. The new technology allows to maintain intact the rich wealth of fragrances and taste profiles from the different grapes and guarantees a constant control in each winemaking phase.

2005
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The cellars of Casteldaccia has been expanded

The refining wineries at Casteldaccia are expanded and diversified to guarantee the utmost level of quality for the refinement of Duca di Salaparuta and Corvo precious red wines.

2006
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Florio Cellars renovation

The Florio Winery, a jewel of Sicilian culture, are lovingly restructured and important historical elements of the buildings and their original charm are rediscovered and enhanced.

2007
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Donna Franca is born

Donna Franca, a marsala semidry aged at least 15 years, is launched on the market as an evolution of Riserva Aegusa. An elegant and refined product with a uniquely intense and persistent taste for moments of pure emotion.

2009
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Corvo launches the Terrae Dei line

Duca di Salaparuta launches the Calanìca label made up of two wines profoundly tied to their territory. Only the best grapes from historically vocated vineyards are used in Calanìca’s vinification for two great wines that perfectly blend one autochthonous and one international grape. These wines are characterised by a modern style that is pleasant, elegant and well structured while recalling their origins and terroir.

2010
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Seven new wines are launched

Duca di Salaparuta adds to its Tenute line with Nawàri and Triskelè. The former is a Pinot Noir from the Etna Vajasindi estate. The latter, a historical wine for the company, is now made at the Suor Marchesa estate. The Calànica brand line is also completed.
The Corvo brand launches Irmàna, a new line for off-premise distribution and confirms the success of the Glicine line with Glicine Rosso. Glicine Bianco was launched in 1994.
The Florio winery bottles a marsala reserve from 1994 celebrating the advertising from the ‘20s and ‘30s and winning important packaging awards for its labels.

2011
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The Florio Winery is further enriched by the addition of the Donna Franca Florio tasting room, an innovative space – unique in the world – where tradition meets modernity and wine tasting becomes an experience. Forming brand ambassadors by offering a unique experience, this is the hospitality concept that lies at the core of all our wineries, and especially Florio with its 30,000 visitors each year. Florio celebrates the anniversary of 150 years of Italian unification with the Aegusa 150 limited edition. The rarest of the Florio Aegusa 1941 reserve presented with a precious interpretation of Italy’s colours – an emerald, a diamond and a ruby – for a highly collectible Limited Edition bottle.

2012
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Corvo, Duca di Salaparuta and Florio launch six new wines

Corvo expands its Irmàna line with “Corvo Irmàna Fiore”, a white fruity and fragrant wine,
and presents the new Duetto line of wines.
Duca di Salaparuta launches two fresh and elegant wines, Star and Moon, dedicated to those who love living the nightlife. Star & Moon, with their trendy and contemporary soul, are set to become the new protagonists in the most glamorous city night lives.
Florio’s versatile world is further enriched by an absolutely special product, Spumante Dolce Florio. An aromatic experience with a flourish of mediterranean flavours and citrus nuances, Florio is characterised by a cheerful and elegant image.

2013
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Florio is 180 years old

Florio is 180 years old, and to celebrate this exceptional birthday, it creates CENTOTTANTA. This product, as unique and unexpected, is a perfect blend of the historic brand’s dual souls. CENTOTTANTA is an innovative, never-before conceived wine, that only Florio, with its almost two hundred years’ heritage, could create. A limited edition that contains an exclusive selection of Zibibbo grapes aged for three years in caratelli, small barrels which previously held the great virgin marsala reserve of 1963 as it aged slowly over the years. An absolutely new concept that encapsulates two worlds, the immediacy and amenity of zibibbo enriched by the spicy, fully-developed notes of the marsala, and an unique jewel-like bottle.

2014
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30 years of Duca Enrico

Produced for the first time in 1984, Duca Enrico is the first single varietal wine made from Nero d’Avola grapes in the history of Sicilian wines and one of the international icons of Made in Italy oenology. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this revolutionary wine, Duca di Salaparuta, in collaboration with Design Degree Course students from Turin Polytechnic, has created an exclusive Limited Edition which embodies its restless and original soul. A light structure, in which the bottles appears almost “suspended”, made from a single block of transparent polycarbonate and supported by four bars of burnished silver, contains three Duca Enrico vintages, each the symbol of a decade.

2015
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Aegusa 2001

Aegusa 2001: heritage e innovazione, la miglior Riserva di marsala Florio del primo decennio di questo nuovo secolo. Un marsala pregiato, dal gusto morbido e armonico, figlio di una lunga storia e di antiche tradizioni tramandate da secoli, racchiuso in una bottiglia in Limited Edition dal design moderno e prezioso. Questo nuovo marsala Florio, va ad arricchire la gamma composta da sei prestigiose Riserve Aegusa (1941, 1952, 1964, 1974, 1989, 1994) ognuna rappresentativa della propria decade.

2016
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The challenge of Pinot Nero: the birth of Sciaranèra

Following Nawàri, the range of Duca di Salaparuta wines made with grapes grown in the Vajasindi Estate, on the slopes of Mount Etna, is enhanced by a new Pinot Nero: Sciaranèra. Vinified with grapes grown in the lower part of the Estate, Sciaranèra is a red wine in which fruit and spices become one harmony whose freshness is elegantly seductive. The most recent creation among the volcanic wines of Duca di Salaparuta, Sciaranèra represents the confirmation of the Brand’s commitment to the cultivation of this vine in a unique area of Sicily.

2016
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110 years of Targa Florio

Founded in 1906, thanks to Vincenzo Florio's passion for daring and visionary events, the legendary motor race Targa Florio celebrated its 110th anniversary and 100 races disputed in 2016 (the race was cancelled on ten exceptional occasions). Florio marked this important anniversary with an exclusive Limited Edition – inspired by the refined world of motoring at the beginning of the 20th century – of one of best-loved Florio marsalas: Targa Riserva. 

2017
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30 years of Bianca di Valguarnera

100% Insolia grapes, Bianca di Valguarnera - produced for the first time in 1987 - celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. To mark the birthday of this special wine, Duca di Salaparuta created a precious drip-catcher in white gold and diamonds, adorning the neck of a bottle of Bianca di Valguarnera labelled ‘30 years Limited Edition’.

2017
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The Star range expands

After Star Insolia & Chardonnay, the Star range is enriched by a new, original member: Star Grillo & Müller Thurgau. A highly original blend creating a fresh and lively wine, thanks to a delicately pétillant note, which for the first time combines the complex Mediterranean character of Grillo with the ethereal northern aromas of Müller Thurgau.

2017
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Grillo mon amour

In 2017, Florio decided to experiment with creating a sparkling spumante with the Grillo grape, leading to the birth of Florio Spumante Brut. Elegant and refined, this lively modern wine produced with the Charmat method is born from Florio’s love for challenges, and from its deep knowledge of Grillo and of the area of western Sicily where it has been cultivated for centuries.

2017
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Renovation of the wine cellar of Casteldaccia

From 25 October 2017, Duca di Salaparuta’s wine tourism offer has been enriched thanks to the renovation and re-opening of the innovative Duca di Salaparuta Cellars in Casteldaccia (Palermo). Like the Florio Winery in Marsala, the Duca di Salaparuta Cellars are also driven by the desire to share the Company’s unique style with our guests through a varied thrilling and fascinating experience. The completely renovated Cellars are now open to the public enhanced by new spaces such as the charming Wine Shop, the modern tasting room and the luminous events room. 

2018
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Onìris arrives


The unique style of Duca di Salaparuta expresses its more carefree side with the two new arrivals Onìris Bianco and Onìris Rosso, two refreshing wines with a contemporary taste, designed for a young public orientated towards quality choices. An innovative product that Duca di Salaparuta offers to those who want a modern wine, for the most lively and informal occasions.

2018
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30 years of Morsi di Luce Florio

Morsi di Luce, an elegant dessert wine, made from Zibibbo grapes grown on the island of Pantelleria andv inified in the historic Florio Winery in Marsala, is 30 years old. An important milestone for a wine that contains all the fresh natural features of grapes matured under the warm sun of the Mediterranean, a success celebrated with a new look and a new tasting experience: Dulcis in Florio!

2018
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The new Corvo


In 2018, Corvo - a classic with a contemporary soul - has looked around to grasp the new needs of wine lovers and, having studied them, adapts itself accordingly. A renewed graphic layout, a larger amount of specific data on the label, and new more distinctive names: CorvoBianco, CorvoRosso and CorvoRosa. But the change is not only in form, the wine too changes, becoming fresher and more pleasant, still suitable for classic consumption but also perfect as an aperitif wine shared with friends in moments of relaxation and enjoyment.