ATS CANTINA VINICOLA FURNARESE is made up of companies CANTINA VINICOLA FURNARESE and CANTINE IVAM – CANTINE MADAUDO, rooted in the province of Messina, which export their wines all over the world.
Cantina Vinicola Furnarese
Furnari opens Sicily’s doors; through its enchanting maritime scenary, nestled in the centre of Tindari’s gulf, it is possible to overlook directly on the Eolian Islands, while on its back the hills, where rows of luxuriant vineyards come in succession, lead to the wonderful landscape of Nebrodi’s mountains, where the Etna volcano stands out.
The area of Furnari benefits of a natural and extraordinary pedoclimatic system regulated by a good ventilation (being exposed to the North), and protected from the bad weather, thanks to the embrace of Tindari Nebrodi’s mountains; an ideal condition for the harmonic growth of the grapes, but also of the olive trees. A generous land, between sun and sea breeze, that keeps on giving years of divine nectar.
But not only: nestled in the landscape beauty, in the fresh air and in the vineyards of Furnari’s hills, there are cultural gems like, for example, the Cathedral built on the ruins of the ancient castle in the beginning of the XVII century. Moreover, you can discover the wonderful turistic facility of Portorosa, and not so far you can find Montalbano Elicona Castle, the Abacena Castle, and the Tindari shrine.
The company has focused in recent years on a native Messina vine: the Nocera, which produces in the classic version, passito and sparkling wine. We also highlight the presence of Furnari in the heart of the Mamertino DOC, where the GIULIO CESARE MAMERTINO DOC wine is produced, the favorite wine of the Roman emperor Julius Caesar.
CANTINE IVAM – CANTINA MADAUDO
There are now four generations of the Madaudo family involved in the history of Sicilian wine. Even before 1945, when grandfather Alfio was among the first to believe and invest in the production and marketing of wines made exclusively from autochthonous Sicilian grapes, providing a notable contribution to the development of an oenology still in its infancy. Since then Cantine Madaudo has been listed as one of the most important wineries in Sicily. The company philosophy is based on solid and recognizable values that translate into wines which take into account the biodiversity of the island, the result of vineyards located in different areas all with microclimatically different characteristics. The company uses grapes grown all over the different geological areas of Sicily (international syrah, merlot and cabernet sauvignon of Western Sicily, the grillo and nero d’Avola grown in the countryside of Monreale (Palermo), the frap- pato and the nero d’Avola cultivated in the province of Ragusa, the DOCG Cerasuolo di Vittoria, the nerello mascalese and Etna doc).
Sustainability, traceability, quality protection and enhancement of the territory: this has been the Madaudo philosophy for almost seventy years. The sole aim is quality, thanks to the fertile lands of Sicily and the natural features of the vineyards, interpreted and effected in different ways, from steel to wood, from sparkling fermentation in still tanks to refermentation in the bottle with the Champenoise Method, to enhance the multifaceted personality of each grape variety. Over the years, the company has invested in human resources, technology, marketing and communication and today its headquarters are situated in Villafranca Tirrena, in the province of Messina. The company’s advanced technological plant and equipment allow a production of about 6 thousand bottles per hour and an annual average of 8 million bottles of IGT, DOC, DOCG, sparkling wines and sparkling wines sold trough out Italy and abroad in GDO and in the Ho.Re.Ca.
The Villafranca Tirrena plant, the heart of the company, is flanked by a restaurant entirely dedicated to sparkling wine production in Larderia, a village in Messina. Here the winery focuses on bubbles using two differents methods: the first is the long Charmat Method (180 days in still tanks) to produce the Capovero Grillo Cuvèe Extra Dry (a sparkling wine created by blending grillo grapes from different years selected for the aroma and freshness typichal of the grillo grape but which acquires significant character and structure ); the second one is Capovero Metodo Classico, a classic method based on Nerello Mascalese Etna vinified in white, in which a limited number of a bottles have added yeasts and are left to mature for more than 36 months.
The Larderia plant is also the reception area of Cantine Madaudo. This large 600 square meters hall is called PalaVerve and was designed exclusevely to offer guests the opportunity to witness the bottling and capping phases of sparkling wine to give due importance to the joy of tasting it. As a place of research, experiment and teaching, in conjunction with Antonello Superior Institute of Messi- na and previously with the Faculty of Food Science at the University of Messina, Palaverve encourages the culture of good drinking and good food from the long standing tradition of Messina.