The origins of Feudo di Santa Tresa are traceable back to its creation in 1697 and we have the original plan of the estate, now over three hundred years old. There is a deep sense of continuity at Santa Tresa; while we are constantly innovating, we have the greatest respect for the history of the estate and its preservation.
is a southern Italian word meaning wine estate. We have restored the seventeenth century buildings, keeping them as true as possible to their original state.
originates from “Teresa”, but became shortened to “Tresa” to reflect how the local people pronounce the word.
The soil is literally red! The terra rossa shapes the character of the grapes grown on it, giving the vines a wonderful source of minerals and nutrients. The top soil is sandy, which gives a layer of protection to the lower soil, allowing it to retain water better – something vitally important in the Sicilian sun.
We now have 50 hectares of vines on the estate, most of which we have re-planted over the last ten years in order to have the best possible aspect for each grape variety. Focusing mainly on indigenous Sicilian grapes, we grow Nero d’Avola, Perricone and Frappato (a grape which originates in the region of Vittoria) as well as Grillo, Fiano and Viognier.
Harvest time is crucial for the quality of the finished wines. All our grapes are hand-picked in the cool early hours of the morning to avoid any over-heating of the berries. “La Vendemmia” is a real ritual, with same pickers returning to the estate year after year, all taking the utmost care to preserve the quality of the grapes they pick.