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 over-use the wells on the estate, as to do so would be to risk impoverishing the water table. The vast majority of our irrigation system is under ground, saving around 70% of water if compared to the usual over-ground drip irrigation.
It is vital to get the balance right in terms of the water management for vines – they need just the right amount of water, but not too much, and this is something we watch very carefully.