Tenuta Tempestosa

Sciacca, Sicily

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Even during the Second World War, when Laurentino De Cerchio was a prisoner of the Nazis in Wroclaw, in occupied Poland, he dreamed of expanding his family estate as far as Sicily. During the harsh imprisonment in Germany, he shared a cell with many Sicilian comrades, who described the immense stretches of wheat that rolled as far as the cliffs overlooking the crystal-clear sea of ​​southern Sicily, the sea of the south that reaches as far as Africa. Many of them never returned to Italy, killed by cold, hunger, and disease. Throughout his life, grandpa Laurentino never forgot those terrible days and those comrades. It took him almost thirty years to make his dream come true, but he did in 1971, when he managed to find a plot of land overlooking the sea near Sciacca, in the province of Agrigento. The same sea that had been described to him so many times: the sea of the south.


These districts are rich in history and their wine culture dates to the Greek colonists who arrived here in 600 BC. Legend has it that on a blustery day, a ship sailing for the shores of Greece was overturned just a few hundred metres from the coast by the huge waves. During the terrible storm that followed, the ship sank in the turbulent sea. Local folk say that the stretch of sea is right in front of Sciacca’s vineyards and that in winter, during storms, the seawater splashes reach even kilometres inland, carried by the strong wind. This is how the Tenuta Tempestosa (literally “stormy estate”) got its name, in homage to the sea tempests of​​ southern Sicily. The sea that has destroyed and created life for many centuries. The estate grows Nerello Mascalese, Frappato, Nero d’Avola, Inzolia and Grillo varieties. The vineyards enjoy the sea breeze all year round and the reddish alluvial soils are very varied in composition, creating the ideal conditions for wines that embody perfectly sensations that stir up a sensory storm in a glass.



Growing environmental awareness persuaded the family to adopt organic winegrowing practices throughout its estates. Respect for natural cycles, non-invasive growing techniques and work in the rows that is attentive to showcasing the native and authenticity traits of each district have been at the forefront of the De Cerchio family philosophy over the years.


The De Cerchio family has always embraced the philosophy of spontaneous fermentation. This winemaking method is the proof that work begins among the vines, where targeted cultivation techniques go a long way to ensuring generous amounts of ambient yeasts reach the cellar, where they engage in a natural transformation process. Consequently, a natural selection of several strains endow wines with an authentic, rich aromatic legacy. The family is committed to this production approach and each bottle of its wine offers only the bounty of Mother Nature. Hence the wines are complex, the purest expression of their place of origin, able to inspire the most distinctive sensations.