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On The Spotlight: One of Sicily's Founded 1887

Published on 3/31/2016
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America's Leading Independent Wine Club since 1992

Celebrating 22 years

"The wines produced by these boutique wineries are

among the best in the world."


March 31, 2016


Feudo Solaria Winery

Mamertino di Milazzo


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One of Sicily's most celebrated family wineries dating back to 1887


Founded in 1887, the Casa Vinicola Grasso is based in the province of Messina in the northeastern part of Sicily. Located on the Tyrrhenian coast, it faces the Aeolian Islands. The Casa Vinicola Grasso has been handed down from father to son for four generations with a target constant over time: quality.

The company relies on the production of its own and affiliated vineyards to create its quality wines. Each wine harmoniously combines historical research of local traditions with modern technological solutions.

To explain the modern-day Feudo Solaria Winery, one must start at the beginning with Cantine Grasso


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Cantine Grasso is steeped in family tradition and traces its roots back to 1887 when Peppino Grasso began his career in the wine industry. Peppino was the first in his family to plant vineyards. In 1925, Peppino’s son Alexis Grasso constructed the family's first winery and complimented the project with a number of enormous barrels that were used for both storage and fermentation. Some three decades later, in the mid-1950’s, Alexis’ son Carmelo Grasso constructed a second winery that helped the Grasso Family promote locally and dominate the local wine trade.

In 1984, Carmelo's son Alessio Grasso (the 4th generation) took over and began introducing modern winemaking techniques that elevated the quality of wines and further set the winery apart from other nearby estates. Alessio also took a special interest in expanding and diversifying the land under vine, while shifting to organic viticulture methods. Alessio still stands as the winemaker of Cantine Grasso/Feudo Solaria today, with the help of his son Tullio.

The fifth generation of Grassos is now involved in the winery operation. Alessio's two sons, Tullio and Carmelo, have individual roles in the family’s business. Tullio helps his father with the winemaking and vineyard management chores while Carmelo is involved with the company’s sales and marketing efforts.


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The numerous national and international awards the winery has amassed throughout its multi-century existence place it among the very top tier of wineries on the island. The 120+ awards are a testament to the company's commitment to quality and the number is likely to grow in the near future.

The fact that today's Feudo Solaria is tied to multi generations of the same family is not uncommon in Sicily where family ties are considered sacred. In order to preserve the historic memories of this winemaking family, a wine museum was created on the winery property. The museum showcases old workrooms of the barrel coopers, an ancient laboratory for the chemical analysis of grapes and wines, and incredibly well preserved winemaking equipment. Those who visit the museum can see the transition from ancient manual equipment to the most modern, high-tech machines used today.

For the nearly 130 years of its existence, Cantine Grasso/Feudo Solaria has embraced the classic traditions of Sicilian grape growing and winemaking while taking advantage of the modern techniques introduced throughout the wine world. The winery has also remained faithful to Sicily’s classic native varietal, the Nero d’Avola grape, that represents the greater part of its high quality wine production.

Looking to the future, the Grasso family has adopted the new Feudo Solaria name as the larger, corporate name to promote their growing collection of Sicilian wines.


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Wines are still made with the Cantine Grasso designation, to celebrate their family's history and the traditional wines made in the Mamertino di Milazzo region. Wines under the Feudo Solaria brand celebrate native varietals grown in the specific vineyard of Sulleria in Rodi Milici of Mamertino di Milazzo. Vigne di Entella wines are produced from the Belice Valley in Western Sicily and blend a mix of native grapes with international varieties. 

 The Grasso brothers (Tullio and Carmelo) bring a fresh perspective to the historical family winery and promise to bring even greater success to the company.

Sicily’s reemergence as a top quality wine producer can be traced back to the efforts of some of its high quality producers - and Feudo Solaria must be included in any formalized list of these top wineries.


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