The Giato Bianco is a blend of 60% Grillo and 40% Catarratto from the Giabbascio Pietralunga and Verzanica vineyards, planted on the Belice Corleonese plateau. These two grape varieties are widely grown in western Sicily and used to be mostly used to make Marsala. They make very good white wine too; this shows none of the vague soft character of bad commercial examples, but is brisk, flavorful (hints of herbs, apple and mandarin orange) and delicious. Shockingly good for the money.
Centopassi was formed by the merger of two Sicilian cooperatives and they organically cultivate land seized from the mafia, creating jobs with benefits like healthcare and pensions, and restoring land that has suffered years of neglect. This socially conscious and brave enterprise creates its wine from grapes grown in Belice Corleonese, a high and rocky plateau south of Palermo. Their wines are brisk and vivid, and every bottle sold helps to build a brighter a future and break the mafia’s stranglehold on the local area.