Fondo Antico is a winery established in 1995 on the Polizzotti-Scuderi family estate. It is located in the village of Rilievo, on National Road 115 halfway between Trapani and Marsala. Among the prickly pears, the cool shade of olive trees and fertile lemon groves, lie our 80 acres planted with bush-trained vines of Grillo, Nero d'Avola and Syrah varieties. Our business philosophy is reflected by quality and the careful process we follow, from vineyard care to the handling of harvested grapes down to making musts and wines. We do all this as we try to obtain wines that represent faithfully the character of these vineyards.
Sicily’s reputation as a food and wine paradise has remained intact for more than 3,000 years. Beginning with the Greeks, who arrived on the eastern part of Sicily in the 8th century BCE, the idea of methodical grapegrowing practices for the purpose of quality winemaking firmly took root on the island. As the centuries passed, Phoenicians and Romans traded Sicilian wines based on their power and their distinctive qualities. The best vines were propagated, viticulture developed, and thus Sicilian wines were promoted on and off the island. Today, we see the fruits of these labors.
Though many things have changed, most of Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties and time-honored winegrowing traditions continue to play an important role. Thanks to meticulous vineyard tending and gentle grape handling in Sicily’s wineries, Sicilia DOC wines feature the medley of flavors that Sicily has been known for since ancient times and which represent some of the best wines of Italy.
(Source Wines of Sicily and Fondo Antico Italy)