Valle dell'Acate

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Ragusa, Sicily
People: Gaetana Jacono, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Valle dell'Acate 2018 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC Login AG 87 WA 89 In Stock
Valle dell'Acate 2019 'BelliFolli' Insolia, Sicilia DOC Login In Stock
Valle dell'Acate 2019 'Il Frappato' Vittoria Frappato DOC Login AG 90 WS 90 On Order
Valle dell'Acate 2019 'BelliFolli' Nero d'Avola, Sicilia DOC Login In Stock
Valle dell'Acate 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG Login AG 88 WA 89 In Stock

Media Links
Chicago Tribune: Nero d'Avola is king in Sicily, but another red grape turning heads
Wine Enthusiast: Red-Hot Sicily's Top Wine Regions
The Boston Globe: The next generation of Sicilian winemakers
James Suckling: Wines from Sicily - Valle dell'Acate Frappato

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The Sicilian winery of Valle dell’Acate has a long and storied history amongst the top estates in Sicily, as the Jacono family can trace back their winemaking roots here to the nineteenth century. It is located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, on the elegant Bidini Manor in the hills of the Dirillo Valley. The estate comprises over one hundred hectares of land, both for grapevines as well as Sicily’s famous blood oranges.

Under the direction of the current head of the family winery, the elegant Gaetana Jacono (sixth generation), many of the vineyards have been replanted to the great traditional grapes of Sicily, which are farmed organically. With the same love that tied her ancestors to the vines, along with marked entrepreneurial insight, Gaetana has devoted herself to the production of Sicilian wines - a production that has earned great recognition, even on the international scene.

The estate produces one of the finest examples of Cerasuolo di Vittoria, traditionally Sicily’s greatest wine. Cerasuolo di Vittoria was the first red wine in all of Sicily to achieve DOCG status, and to this day it continues to be one of Sicily’s greatest reds. The estate’s Cerasuolo di Vittoria is made of a blend of seventy percent Nero d’Avola and thirty percent Frappato, with the Nero d’Avola spending time in predominantly used barrique prior to bottling. The wine receives eight to nine more months of aging in bottle prior to release, allowing for the traditionally broad and velvety style of Cerasuolo di Vittoria to emerge prior to release. This is a full-bodied and complex wine, combining the dark spice notes of Nero d’Avola with the high-toned floral aspects of the Frappato. This harmonious blend displays supple tannins and sound acids to keep the wine fresh and bouncy on the palate. Valle dell'Acate wines have shown themselves to be an authentic expression of the history and character of this land.

From Vinous 12/2016
"An important, historic estate owned by the Jacono and Ferrero families and led brilliantly today by Gaetana Jacono and Francesco Ferrero, Valle dell’Acate has gone from strength to strength over the years. The Frappato is a marvelous medium-bodied, fresh, perfumed red and the Cerasuolo di Vittoria is also a standout this year."

From Wine Advocate 2/2013
"Valle dell’Acate’s lineup is full of reasonably priced wines full of varietal and regional character. It is impossible to go wrong with any of these flavorful offerings."

From Gambero Rosso 2012
“Valle dell’Acate has been considered one of the best wine areas in Sicily since it was colonized by the Greeks, who probably introduced the bush-training system still widely used in the area. The Jacono family estate, with Tania as its driving force, has worked in the birthplace of Nero d’Avola for six generations now. The winery continues to support native grape varieties and promote the local area through the eco-sustainable production of fine quality wines.”


  • Valle dell'Acate 2018 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC
    Rating: 87 (8/6/2019)

    Easygoing aromas and flavors of apple and herbs, but perhaps a touch dilute. Nicely pliant on the rather simple, medium-long finish.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2018 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (10/17/2019)

    Here's a pretty white wine that is redolent of white flowers and jasmine, but it also has more substantial honey-like aromas that make it a good pairing partner to a platter of grilled fish in herbs and lemon sauce. The 2018 Sicilia Grillo Zagra is a lean Sicilian white with extra volume at the back. The wine never sees oak, in order to achieve that lean, snappy style.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2019 'Il Frappato' Vittoria Frappato DOC
    Rating: 90 (6/10/2021)

    The 2019 Il Frappato di Vittoria is pleasantly fruit-forward, a dusting of sweet spices giving way to ripe cherries, incense and dusty dried flowers. It’s soft-textured with a tart display of raspberries and pomegranate, cascading along a core of brisk acids as inner rose notes amass toward the close. This tapers off incredibly fresh, resonating on a vivid recollection of all of the fruits found within, along with a balancing twang of sour citrus. Enjoy over the next two to three years, and with a slight chill if possible.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
    Rating: 88 (6/10/2021)

    The 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria leads off with peppery herbs and florals, evolving further with time, adding wild strawberries and shavings of cedar. Its silky textures usher in ripe red and black fruits contrasted by exotic spices and hints of tobacco. This tapers off long with violet florals, savory herbs and inner earth notes.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2019 'Il Frappato' Vittoria Frappato DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2021)

    A vibrant, medium-bodied red, with a pure note of macerated cherry and an aromatic overtone of Mediterranean scrub. Fine-grained tannins impart light, chalky definition, and the lingering finish echoes the fruit character and a streak of spicy mineral. Drink now through 20216.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (11/18/2021)

    Having been aged in oak for a year and, at the time of this tasting, almost two years in the bottle, the Valle dell'Acate 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico is lean and easy to drink, with some acidic sharpness along the way. The blend is 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato, and it follows faithfully in the house style, especially in terms of its varietal purity and Sicilian authenticity. It's a red that would pair with easy meat dishes like lamb chops on the grill.