Morgante

Brand Description

The Morgante winery represents one family’s initiative to employ five generations of viticultural experience. In 1994, Antonio Morgante, with the enthusiasm of his sons, Carmelo and Giovanni, decided to vinify their vineyard grapes. This decision represented the beginning of a strong commitment to achieve the best results with indigenous grapes while keeping an eye toward innovation. In 1997, the family hired Riccardo Cotarella as their winemaker. Cotarella, widely recognized for his work crafting compelling wines from Italy’s native varietals, shares the Morgante passion for producing great red wines from Nero d’Avola.

Location of Vineyard

The Morgante winery is located in the pristine countryside of southern Sicily, a hilly region located about 1200-1800 feet above sea level and just 45 miles from the splendid Valley of the Temples of Agrigento. The property comprises 500 acres of vineyards and almond trees, and the region is ideal for viticulture, with a Mediterranean climate and soil that ranges from clay and calcareous to marl.

Winemaking Philosophy

In Sicily, Nero d’Avola is the undisputed red grape for wines of excellence, and it is this vine that the Morgante family has always cultivated. All aspects of production — from vineyard to cellar — are rigorously controlled by every member of the family, all of whom are dedicated to making wines of the highest possible quality.

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Winery Profile
Owner: The Morgante Family
Winemaker: Riccardo Cotarella
Total acreage under vine: 150
Founded: 1994
Production: 400000
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Acclaim
“A medium-bodied, chewy red, with baked black raspberry and grilled black plum fruit laced with generous fragrant herbs and spices. Creamy and well-balanced, with a tarry mineral streak driving the finish. — acclaim for 2020 Rosso di Morgante from Wine Spectator, Sep 2023
“An elegant, medium-bodied red, with fine tannins and bright acidity framing flavors of wild strawberry, ripe raspberry, anise hyssop and dried thyme, followed by a tar-tinged finish.” – (Smart Buy) — acclaim for 2020 Morgante Nero d'Avola from Wine Spectator, Sep 2023
“A graceful red that shows seamless integration to the core of creamed black and red cherry fruit, with fine-grained, sculpted tannins and a minerally underpinning. Fresh and focused, expanding on the palate to reveal details of dried lavender, spicy cedar, wild sage and graphite.” — acclaim for 2019 Morgante Don Antonio from Wine Spectator, Sep 2023
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