First produced around the turn of the century, the Mandrarossa wines come from some of the best sites at Cantine Settesoli’s huge vineyards, all located in South West Sicily and planted with over thirty different grape varieties. With the use of modern vineyard soil mapping techniques the winemakers were better able to focus on the best sites for ripeness and quality. With co-operative president Giuseppe Bursi taking the lead alongside consultant winemaker Alberto Antonini they have sought to improve the viticulture, which has resulted in better wines. Working with soil specialist Pedro Parra and head winemaker Mimmo De Gregorio, Alberto has selected just over a thousand acres of vineyard for the production of the Mandrarossa wines. The chosen vineyards are in close proximity to the sea, where the intense sunlight is moderated by sea breezes giving milder temperatures, and with a wide range of different soil types the factors combine to give Mimmo and Alberto the perfect ingredients for the wines they want to make.