Tenuta Rapitala

Rapitalà, "Beautiful Garden of God", lies between the towns of Camporeale and Alcamo, in the northwest corner of Sicily. In 1968 French count, Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, married Gigi Guarrasi, a descendant of a great family from Palermo. With her, he engaged in a passionate and courageous adventure: the renovation of the cellars and vineyards of the Guarrasi family's Tenuta Rapitalà, an estate that had been destroyed by the Belice Valley earthquake of 1968. Count Hugues and his wife devoted themselves to the viticultural re-organization of the vineyards and it was at this point that he introduced French varietals to Sicilian terroir, a project never before taken-on by another Sicilian winemaking estate. In 1976, the first harvest destined for bottling was made, and Tenuta Rapitalà soon became a leader of the quality revolution in Sicilian enology. Today, the work started by Hugues and Gigi, is carried on by their son, Laurent, with the same care and passion.

The 555 acre vineyard slope that is Tenuta Rapitalà is characterized by gentle, undulating hills that start at 985 feet above sea level and gently climb to 1.965 feet above sea level that alternate between clay and sand. Varying exposures, altitudes and soils create a universe of terroirs that drives the success of this estate. This vineyard is divided into 180 unique parcels, each of which is managed, harvested and vinified separately for optimal terroir expression. Recently rebuilt, the cellar now benefits from the most innovative vinification equipment and techniques: cooling equipment for the grapes and musts; steel fermenters with computerized systems for controlling temperatures, remontage (punching down of the cap) and cap management. The cellar holds French oak barriques and large French oak casks (50 hl and 30 hl).

Rapitalà strives to craft wines that exhibit the bold flavors and Mediterranean aromas intrinsic to the Sicilian terroir. These wines, like Sicily itself, are the fruit of a marriage of cultures and are marked by French elegance and finesse and Sicilian passion and soul, vintage after vintage since 1976.

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Tenuta Rapitala Grillo 2017
“The Grillo is golden yellow/green with a nose of herb, floral notes and citrus. Light and crisp on the palate with a clean refreshing finish. Rapitala Grillo is an excellent choice with light pastas, vegetables, shellfish and grilled white meats.” ~winery notes
Item Number: 29488
Bottle:$9.95
Case: $119.40
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Tenuta Rapitala 'Campo Reale' Nero d'Avola 2016
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Vinous 88"Fully saturated purple-ruby; this is very dark for a monovariety Nero dAvola. Subdued aromas and flavors of dark plums and spices could use more lift." ~I.D.
Item Number: 7191
Bottle:$8.95
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Tenuta Rapitala Piano Maltese Bianco 2016
45% Grillo, 45% Catarratto, 10% Chardonnay"The 2016 Piano Maltese is yellow-gold in color with a rich fruit driven nose. On the palate it is rich yet fresh with apple, pear, herb and a touch of roasted nut." ~winery notes

Tenuta Rapitala 'Alto' Nero d'Avola 2014
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 "Elsewhere in Italy, 2014 was a difficult vintage. Not in Sicily. The 2014 Sicilia Nero d'Avola Alto is a complete and round wine with thick density that is highlighted by pretty aromas of cherry, blackberry, leather, tar and balsam herb. There's a good amount of sweet spice

Tenuta Rapitala Grillo 2016
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"The 2016 Grillo is golden yellow/green with a nose of herb, floral notes and citrus. Light and crisp on the palate with a clean refreshing finish. Rapitala Grillo is an excellent choice with light pastas, vegetables, shellfish and grilled white meats." ~winery notes

Tenuta Rapitala Piano Maltese Bianco 2015
Grillo: 45%, Catarratto: 45%, Chardonnay: 10% "Grillo and Cataratto grapes give this wine fresh Mediterranean scents and a savory, elegant flavor with a typical hint of bitter almonds. Piano Maltese is yellow-gold in color with a rich fruit driven nose. On the palate it is rich yet fresh with

Tenuta Rapitala Piano Maltese Bianco 2014
88  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 88 "A blend of Grillo, Catarratto and Chardonnay, the 2014 Piano Maltese opens to a light gold color and pretty luminosity. This is a very well executed white wine with a generous bouquet of honeysuckle, pear and a touch of natural rubber that you sometimes get with the indigenous

Tenuta Rapitala Grillo 2015
89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89'BEST BUY'"Subdued aromas of spring wild flower, hay and orchard fruit. The vibrant palate offers lemon zest, sage, dried herb and a hint of saline framed in lively acidity." ~K.O.

Tenuta Rapitala 'Nuar' Nero D'Avola - Pinot Nero 2010
88  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 88 "Nuar is an innovative blend of Nero d'Avola and Pinot Nero from warm climate Sicily. The first grape definitely overpowers the second in terms of aromas, but the blend shows balance and overall harmony in the mouth. It's a bright, fruit-driven wine with nice freshness on the

Tenuta Rapitala 'Nadir' Syrah 2010
"Generous bouquet with touches of ripe fruit and the typical spices of this grape variety, with attractive hints of vanilla. The flavor is full and delicate, with soft and elegant tannins. A balanced marriage between the depth of this product and the uniqueness of this exceptional terroir." ~Winery

Tenuta Rapitala Piano Maltese Bianco 2013
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"Grillo and Cataratto grapes give this wine fresh Mediterranean scents and a savory, elegant flavor with a typical hint of bitter almonds. Piano Maltese is born at the heart of Tenuta Rapitalà, on gentle hills at 1200 feet above seal level. On the palate it is rich yet fresh with apple, pear, herb

Tenuta Rapitala Hugonis Nero d'Avola/Cabernet 2003
90  Robert Parker 
 Empire Wine Best Value Robert Parker 90 "The presence of Cabernet Sauvignon gives the 2003 Hugonis (50% Nero d'Avola, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon) an additional layer of weight and complexity. This beautifully expressive, French-oak aged red shows superb balance in its notes of violets, mint, herbs

Tenuta Rapitala 'Nuar' Nero D'Avola - Pinot Nero 2007
" Bright, ruby-red color and a bouquet with strong aromas of dried and syrup fruits. The palate is warm and full with a balanced acidity and elegant tannins. The finish is long and lingering and at this point, we discover again the classic aromas of a Pinot Noir ripened by the hot, Sicilian sun. "

Tenuta Rapitala 'Nadir' Syrah 2009
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90"Nadir is an impressive rendition of Syrah that delivers round, sweet aromas of blackberry, cherry, rum cake and smoked bacon. The high quality of the mouthfeel also sets this wine apart: It is soft, modern and very rich." ~M.L.