As with every Tasca d’Almerita project the starting point in Salina was vineyards. When the property was purchased there was a six hectare Malvasia vineyard that had been in production for about thirty years; the best part was combined with the opportunity to grow additional Malvasia plants on the island; creating a vineyard that produces wines with enhanced aromatic qualities.
Malvasia delle Lipari is the noble fruit of the Aeolian islands, the grape belongs to the category of aromatic wines, and is one of the many Malvasia varieties cultivated in Italy. For our Didyme bottle, the grapes are harvested early, resulting in a dry wine with good acidity, hints of aromatic herbs and floral notes. Whereas if the fruit is harvested fully ripened and dried for a short time, the result is a truly excellent sweet wine. The Capofaro Malvasia grapes for our sweet wine are dehydrated in the shade, to maintain the fruit’s fragrance and elegance. Our winemakers undergo a gentle pressing of the grapes and the use of low fermentation temperatures, to extract and maintain the typical aromaticity of the grapes.
Capofaro is one of the five estates owned by the Tasca d’Almerita family, Caopofaro is home to the ‘Anfiteatro’ vineyard. Salina is of volcanic origin and its soil nurtures the Malvasia delle Lipari grape, a golden variety that yields the famous dry and sweet local wines.
At Capofaro you can experience working on a vineyard, from pruning to the harvest, as an observer or participating in person. From a walk around the vineyards accompanied by Capofaro’s sommelier, to actively working on the ancient plants. It’s a tactile experience of continuous discovery; for example guests will learn that at Capofaro there is no irrigation system, the plants seek a water source on their own.
Let us share with you the Tasca d’Almerita family passion for wine, and the story behind each bottle.For a complete and unforgettable Capofaro wine experience, we have created tastings of wines from across Sicily, produced by the Tasca d’Almerita family. The Capofaro sommellier will guide you through the bottles recalling their story and the land where the grapes are grown, the tasting is accompanied with a pairing of appetizers made by chef Ludovico De Vivo and his team.
Aperitivo at Capofaro – a must for any visitor to Salina – The restaurant’s terrace opens up to the sea and the view of Panarea and the active volcano Stromboli, which at night often spits out jets of incandescent lava. Behind you the sunset lights up the twin mountains of Didyme, green and imperious, the symbols of the island. All this while our resident DJ plays carefully selected music.