Principi Di Butera
A winery where Sicily’s indigenous varieties are yielding top-quality, prestigious wines.
Feudo Principi di Butera lies in the heart of Sicily, in the province of Caltanissetta, the history of which dates back to ancient times. This region is today recognised as one of the most interesting wine regions of Italy, especially thanks to its production of high-quality, prestigious red wines.
The Zonin family has owned the estate since 1997. They acquired it after conducting thorough research on the best-suited areas for the cultivation of Nero d’Avola grapes. They have fully restored this extraordinary estate, which once belonged to the Prince of Butera.
The Zonin family has proudly taken on the responsibility of protecting the history, architecture and terrain of the island. The estate has a total of 320 hectares, 170 of which are planted in new vines. They also have 3,000 olive trees. Honouring old traditions, the family produces outstanding wines which express the full force and soul of Sicily.
Sicily is the hottest region of Italy. The Mediterranean climate, an abundance of sunlight, high temperatures, clay and limestone soils – all of these contribute to the perfect ripening of the grapes. These are the conditions where Sicily’s native grape variety Nero d’Avola thrives. The estate’s vineyard also includes Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Insolia varieties, the latter also being an indigenous variety of Sicily. However, the main variety in the vineyards is still Nero d’Avola.
Nero d’Avola has an aristocratic profile. Thanks to its high tannin content, fullness and medium acidity, it ages beautifully in oak barrels, producing a wine with a powerful bouquet.
WHY PRINCIPI DI BUTERA?
Indigenous varieties of Sicily
People who are curious about or love the characteristics of Nero d’Avola will appreciate the wines of Pincipi di Butera.
East to west
The flagship vines of the winery are planted running east to west, as opposed to the more commonly held practice of planting vines north to south.
Sun in a bottle
Sicily is the hottest region in Italy – the grapes soak up the sun, which is reflected in the exquisite colour and intensity of the wine.