We are extremely proud to be certified organic, but we are so much more than that – it is our way of life, our mind-set and not just the absence of pesticides that we are talking about here. We take a completely holistic approach to everything we do in order to ensure that we preserve the natural environment, giving something back where ever we can, and planning for the long-term.
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 […]
By encouraging weeds and local flowers to grow, we have attracted various animals to the estate – all part of nature’s life-cycle. Therefore, while the vineyards are very carefully managed, we don’t “over-cleanse”, preferring to leave birds and animals to flourish. We have an interesting array of birds; there are rabbits, foxes and now we […]
We have recently introduced bees on to the estate – a local type of bee which is smaller and darker than most honey bees. Our bees will aid pollination and we are looking forward to going into honey production!
Trees play an important part in creating the right environment for pollination. For centuries olive trees have been grown on the estate as well as orange, lemon and almond trees, giving just the right balance. Mature trees make for great flavoured olives! Sicilian citrus fruits have some of the finest flavours in the world. In […]
A glimpse of one of our mini-gardens, where we grow typical Sicilian plants. We have five small gardens on the estate, where we experiment with vines and grow a selection of magnificent local herbs and flowers. With our gardens we are creating the perfect environment for the “right” insects to flourish on the estate to […]
We actually allow weeds to grow in between the rows of vines, creating a unique biodiversity, attracting the right insects, and below ground a unique micro-organism mix is formed. In addition, vines like competition, and benefit from competing with the weeds by the roots going deeper and deeper into the soil.
Organic cultivation of vines basically means going back to basics – treating the natural environment with respect and considering our legacy. At Santa Tresa we have the perfect conditions for organic cultivation: we have an ideal climate – and abundance of sunshine and a cooling sea breeze, meaning that rot in the grapes is not […]
Water management is key in the harsh Sicilian summer. We have invested in the maintenance of the ancient wells on the estate and have implemented an eco-friendly system of getting water from a local reservoir, which enables us to irrigate our vines in a very controlled manner when needed. This also means that we don’t […]
For fertilizer, we grow beans – “favino”, which we have found to be the best natural fertilizer for the vines. We find that the beans provide all the extra nutrients that we need for the vines to flourish and this is a method as close to nature as possible.
We are extremely proud to be certified organic, but we are so much more than that – it is our way of life, our mind-set and not just the absence of pesticides that we are talking about here. We take a completely holistic approach to everything we do in order to ensure that we preserve […]