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De Bartoli - Perpetuo Quarantennale 1978


Region: Sicily

Grape variety: Grillo

Alcoholic strength: 17,5%.

Food Match: Matured cheeses, Fish

The Roots: Old Samperi

For the production of Vecchio Samperi Quarantennale is used the traditional perpetual system, also called Solera, according to which newly produced wines are added to barrels containing wines already aged. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the winery, we decided to bottle one of the first reserves produced, with an average ageing of 40 years.

Grillo 100%
3,500 vines per hectare with roots dating back to the 1970s in the C.da Samperi area in Marsala (flat, medium-textured, sandy-calcareous). Trees are trained to Guyot bush and counter-espalier, 20 hl yield per hectare, harvested in the last ten days of September. Manual selection of the grapes, soft pressing, natural sedimentation, traditional fermentation in oak and chestnut barrels at room temperature. Aged for an average of 40 years, using the traditional perpetual method.

The restoration of the perpetual method
This special reserve of Vecchio Samperi began its ageing process in 1978, when Marco De Bartoli reinstated the "perpetual" or Solera method at Baglio di Samperi to produce the area's traditional wine, known locally as stravecchio, the origin of the more famous Marsala wine.

How and when Old Samperi Quarantennale.
Not to be relegated to the end of a meal, but rather to be paired with
aged cheeses, braised meats, baked turbot, mullet roe and oysters.
At room temperature or slightly chilled, interesting and
surprising as an aperitif.

De Bartoli - Perpetuo Quarantennale 1978