Our Wines

Rina Ianca – Grillo Viognier

Rina Ianca means “white sand” in Sicilian dialect, reminiscent both of Sicily’s stunning coast line and the light, sandy soil found in the vineyard where we grow our white grapes at Santa Tresa.

Rina Ianca was our first foray into white wine making on the estate; we grow the traditional Grillo and the French grape variety, Viognier, a grape rarely grown in Sicily, and which gives us great results. We find the two grape varieties complement each other perfectly, resulting in a fragrant, racy, well balanced wine. The Viognier lifts the Grillo a little, also adding some backbone and complexity.

Wine maker Tasting Notes

Rina Ianca has a bouquet of tropical fruits, with hints of vanilla.  The palate is beautifully balanced between ripe fruit and racy acidity, resulting in a wine which has plenty of character.

Food pairing recommendations

Rina Ianca makes an ideal aperitif.  In Sicily, we would pair it with Spaghetti alle Vongole (spaghetti with clams). Rina Ianca goes with all types of seafood and white fish – try it with sea bass stuffed with fresh herbs and baked in foil in the oven or on the barbeque.


2016 Berliner Wein Trophy – 1st tasting DE Rina Ianca Grillo Viognier Terre Siciliane IGP 2015 GOLD medal
2015 MUNDUS VINI SUMMER TASTING DE Rina Ianca Grillo Viognie Terre Siciliane IGP 2014 GOLD medal
2015 Berliner Wein Trophy – 2nd tasting DE Rina Ianca Grillo Viognier Terre Siciliane IGP 2014 GOLD medal
2015 International Bioweinpreis DE Rina Ianca Grillo Viognier Terre Siciliane IGP 2014 SILVER medal

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...a perfect pairing with Spaghetti alle Vongole.

Our Way

The Old & The New

The Feudo (or estate) of Santa Tresa dates back to 1697 – since that time, wine has always been made here.  We found some archive photos taken at the end of the nineteenth century at Santa Tresa. We’ve had a lot of fun re-creating those photos -taken at exactly the same locations on the estate […]


The Vineyard

Santa Tresa red soil

Terra Rossa

The soil on the estate has ideal characteristics: a 40-100 centimetre surface layer of light red sandy loam on a well-drained limestone base, which helps to guarantee a constant supply of vital water. Today, the Feudo di Santa Tresa estate has around 50 hectares of vineyards. The minute selection of the clones and rootstocks and […]


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Mount Etna

The power and romance of Mount Etna, which at 3,323 metres is the tallest active volcano in Europe, and is undoubtedly the single most dominant feature of our part of Sicily.  Etna has attracted artists, poets and authors for centuries – a threatening, majestic presence with the most stunning views. Read more here. http://www.parcoetna.it/