Malvasia delle Lipari DOC

Internationally renowned artist and designer Carlo Hauner, Sr. began his winemaking endeavor in 1963, after falling in love with its natural beauty and by the locals’ ancient practice of harvesting Malvasia grapes in mid-September, then drying them on outdoor racks for a couple of weeks, until the Mediterranean sunlight lent the fruit amazing concentration and fragrance.
Hauner was so intrigued, that he bought 20 hectares (49 acres) on Salina, replanting them with vineyard terraces overhanging the sea. He learned everything there was to know about the wine, and started making his own, fueled also by his own intuition and creativity. In the 1980s, he inaugurated a brand-new winery in Lingua, in the municipality of Santa Marina Salina, with temperature-controlled equipment, stainless steel vats and tanks, oak barrels and barriques. The winery helped bring great attention from critics, wine writers, enologists, other growers and the media: Carlo Hauner had triggered a renaissance not only of the islands’ most celebrated wine but of the island itself. In February 1996, the founder’s demise did not put an end to the winery’s exceptional story thanks to his dynamic son, Carlo Hauner, Jr., who is flanked by general manager Gianfranco Sabbatino.

Malvasia delle Lipari and Corinto Nero are grown on Salina in elevated vineyards with volcanic soil and excellent exposure. The grapes macerate for a short period before being vinified in stainless steel and then in bottle. Golden in color with fragrant aromas of ripe apricots and figs as well as lavender, thyme and almonds. Lovely depth and finish.


Wine exported to

Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Australia

Most recent awards

  • 2016 | Wine Advocate93
  • 2014 | Vinous92
Grape Varieties:

95% Malvasia delle Lipari, 5% Corinto Nero

Fermentation container:

Stainless steel

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

6 days

Type of yeast:

Selected yeast

Fermentation temperature:

16° C (60.8 °F)

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Fining agent:

Yes

Aging containers:

Stainless steel

Bottling period:

March/April

Aging before bottling:

18 months

Aging in bottle:

6 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

NO

Vineyard name:

VALDICHIESA

Vineyard location:

On the islands of Salina, off the coast of Sicily

Vineyard size:

12 hectares (30 acres)

Soil composition:

Volcanic soil

Vine training:

Espalier

Altitude:

400 meters (1,300 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

2,430 vines per acre

Yield:

70ql

Exposure:

Northeastern

Years planted:

1994

Age of vines:

25 years old

Time of harvest:

September

First vintage of this wine:

1968

Total yearly production (in bottles):

25,000

Tasting notes:

Delightful golden color with green highlights, rich, ample and aromatic nose of ripe apricots and figs with notes of lavender, thyme and almonds confirmed on a sweet yet fresh palate showing distinct depth and persistence.

Serving temperature:

Best enjoyed at 8-10 °C (46.4-50 °F).

Food pairings:

Excellent with creamy, desserts such as tiramisu and English trifle. Also pair with sharp cheese and cheese with blue-green marbling like gorgonzola or Stilton.

Aging potential:

10 years

Alcohol:

Alcohol cont.: 12.5% by vol.; dry extract: 36.2 g/L; total acidity: 6.6; residual sugar: 75 g/L; pH: 3.4

Winemaker:

Fabrizio Zardini