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Cortese: A ‘new’ organic estate to watch in Sicily

Read a profile of Cortese, a long-running organic wine growing estate in southern Sicily that has been given a new lease of life under fresh ownership, and see tasting notes on the first wines of its new era.

Cortese in Sicily’s southern Vittoria region is owned by Stefano Girelli, who also runs nearby organic winery Santa Tresa.

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Girelli is a big believer in organics, but he said that his first foray into organic farming methods caused consternation in the community.

‘Sicily is the perfect place to grow organic wines at a high quality level, though when we started to grow organically, everyone said, “Why are you doing that? Are you crazy?”

How the new-look Cortese started

Cortese wine reviews



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