The story of ECantine Ermes has its roots in a fairly recent incident of destruction and reconstruction. During the night between the 14 and the 15 of January 1968, a devastating earthquake wiped out many small towns in the Belice Valley of western Sicily.
From that same land, where so much was taken away, a group of young grape growers decided to start over. In 1998 a social and economic redemption was accomplished by founding Cantine Ermes (producer of Libero), whose headquarters are located in the heart of the Belice Valley, between Gibellina and Santa Ninfa communes.
Today, the Ermes's cooperative winery is one of the largest producers in Sicily, with its 2,335 members and around 10,000 hectares of vineyards. On average each member has about 4 hectares of land. All farming is either organic or in transition to organic certification. The winery cellars make use of Sicily's ample sunshine using solar panels to power the facilities.
This co-op proves the power of the collective to do good—good wines, good farming, and good all-around stewardship of their community. We believe in the small farmer, and co-ops like this help those farmers to feed their families and work in an honest way.