La Chiusa

"Hi, I'm Stefano Ientile and since 2011, after studying architecture and many other passions, I dedicate myself body and soul to the custody and care of the family fund. Now I make wine as a natural consequence of my becoming a farmer and The BIO La Chiusa farm is located in the La Chiusa-Beviero district in Montevago (Ag), in South-Western Sicily at 400 meters above sea level and 20 km from the coast, on a limestone plateau constantly caressed by the Libeccio and the Mistral. Adjacent to the ruins of the old town (destroyed by the earthquake of 68), the company extends between vineyards and olive groves for almost 10 hectares. The grapes enjoy a gentle climate, the saline breezes of the sea, not far away, come mild and the land, which has always been generous, gives the fruits minerality and unique aromas. My family and I have bet on quality, craftsmanship and respect for the land and the environment. I grow and make wine, without the use of chemicals and addictive, supporting the essence of the fruit and enhancing its natural inclinations. In this place full of history, I returned to make wine and relearn from wine. The company is divided into two agronomically distinct parts, and a "lavinaro" (natural impluvium) marks the border between these. The southern part is mainly composed of calcarenitic, medium-clayey and at times almost sandy "red soils". The latter mainly host native white berried grapes (Catarratto and Grillo), which, thanks also to adequate exposure and constant ventilation, ripen with a sustained acidity, thus distinguishing themselves from the expressions already known on the island such as those at sea level. For this peculiarity we strongly wanted to claim the denomination of origin Santa Margherita di Belice on our labels. The northern part, with a prevalence of medium-textured clayey soil, welcomes the Syrah grapes and for some years the new plants of Perricone and Nerello Mascalese. From the small Syrah particle we get our current four variations. Four different ways of understanding this noble and ancient vine, four different vinifications that follow the natural unevenness of the vine. The condition of grace from which Sicily and in particular our territory benefits allows me to govern, nourish and keep the lands easily organically; the use of herbicides, fungicides and synthetic products are excluded from my agronomic practices. In the cellar I let the indigenous yeasts ferment spontaneously and, only in some cases, I perform the pied de cuve with prefermented must. "