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Region: Sicilia

Erice DOC

Erice is a new DOC appellation (2004) in Sicily, which includes the Buseto Palizzolo commune, together with parts of Erice, from which it gets its name. The zone also includes the Valderice, Custonaci, Castellammare del Golfo and Tràpani communes.

The old castle Erice, located high on the slopes of Monte San Giuliano in the Trapani province, has been selected as the symbol for the zone's DOC wines.

The historical, fortified city of Erice is located approximately 2,300 feet above sea level, and is thought to have been built by Elymians, a people believed to be from the Grecian city, Troy. Erice is also both fortified and built according to Greek custom.

In 260 B.C.E., Erice was occupied and destroyed by Carthage. During the Roman Empire, the city didn't have many inhabitants, but it flourished again under the Normans, when Roger the First (1031-1101) conveniently ordered one fortified castle to be delivered locally. And we're very happy he did.

Erice has managed to maintain its medieval atmosphere, its narrow, paved streets and stone houses. Its location high on the cliff dominates the city's vineyards and overshadows them all the way to the coast in San Vito Lo Capo towards the east and the salt mines in Trapani towards the west.

One of the purposes of Erice's DOC appellation was to give due recognition to the original, local grape varieties, such as Catarratto, Nero d'Avola, Grillo, Insolia, Frappato, Perricone and Zibibbo. They've succeeded, but the international grape varieties have also found their way into Erice. Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are all used frequently, which brings an international dimension and challenge to the local grapes.

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