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Malvasia is one of the grape names that has been applied rather indiscriminately to a number of sort-of-similar but unrelated aromatic grape varieties. Among the gaggle of more than a dozen different Malvasias, one of the most respected examples is known as Malvasia di Lipari, named after a small island off the northeast corner of Sicily. Lipari is the largest of eight isles in this area collectively known as the Lipari Islands or, more often, the Aeolian Islands. 

The Aeolian Islands are known for their volcanism—two of the islands, Vulcano and Stromboli, are still active volcanoes—which has earned them a place on the World Heritage list. They are also known for a delicious sweet dessert wine made from the indigenous Malvasia di Lipari, a large portion of which is consumed by the thousands of tourists who come to enjoy the islands’ beautiful beaches and sunshine in the summer. 

The most attractive of the Aeolians is the island of Salina (where much of the movie Il Postino was filmed). The noble Tasca d’Almerita family, which has been at the forefront of production and research in Sicily’s wine industry since 1830, acquired 12 acres of vines in Malfa on the northeast point of Salina. The spot is called Capofaro, meaning Lighthouse Cape, and indeed an important lighthouse stands next to the vines, guiding the numerous interisland ferries and other boats around the headland.

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WINERY LOCATION: Malfa, Salina Island (Messina province), Sicily
WINE REGIONS: IGT Salina
VINEYARD LAND: 11 acres (4.5 ha)
FARMING PRACTICES: Organic
GRAPE VARIETIES: Malvasia di Lipari
WINE STYLES: Dry white; sweet white
TOTAL WINE PRODUCTION: 26,000 bottles (16,000 liters)
YEAR FOUNDED: 2001
OWNER: The Tasca Family
WINEMAKERS: Laura Orsi

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TENUTA CAPOFARO “DIDYME” SALINA IGT

Tenuta Capofaro’s Didyme is grown on the beautiful island of Salina, a member of the Lipari (Aeolian) Islands north of mainland Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The ancient Greeks called the island Didyme, which translates as “twins,” referring to the pair of extinct volcanos that created the island. The wine is made from Malvasia di Lipari, a leading light in the Malvasia group of grape varieties. It is a dry aromatic wine that showcases this variety in its purest form, expressing the essence of the volcanic territory.

TENUTA CAPOFARO “CAPOFARO” SALINA IGT

Malvasia vineyards once covered much of Salina, and the island’s sweet wine provided a main source of income for the inhabitants. However, more than a century ago, the arrival of the vine-killing phylloxera pest brought an abrupt end to this cultivation. Only in the last few decades has the production of Malvasia wine started to return to Salina, and today winemaking is once again thriving on Salina. For this wine, Tenuta Capofaro uses Malvasia di Lipari vines from its Amphitheater Vineyard, so called because of the half-bowl shape of the vineyard. Capofaro partially dries the grapes in a temperature-controlled building in order to increase their sugar content. The resulting sweet wine is elegant with delicate fragrance and color.

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Malfa, Salina Island (Messina province), Sicily

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Malfa, Salina Island, Sicily

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