I met eighth-generation CEO Alberto Tasca, an elegant Sicilian noble dressed in a pullover to shield him from the cool evening breezes, in the courtyard of the family’s historical Tenuta Regaleali in Sclafani Bagni.
Situated within the Contea di Sclafani DOC, which comprises just four producers, the altitude here is one of the main differences between Regaleali and so many other wineries in Sicily, providing remarkable diurnal temperature differences that are key to retaining freshness in the wines.
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This freshness is vital when the daytime temperatures can exceed 40°C, as in the summer of 2021, when Sicily achieved an extreme temperature record for Europe, reaching 48.9°C.
At Tenuta Regaleali the mercury reached 47°C. ‘We had 115 days without rain, followed by just 40mm on 4 September,’ said estate manager Corrado Maurigi. ‘Regaleali’s five lakes were diminished: one was drained and cleaned during the winter.; two others were used to extinguish two major fires; the last three remained half-full.’