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Tanca Nica, Nivuro Nostrale, 2020

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Peppery, Balsamic, Rustic

Sicily / Red / Pignatello / Organic, Biodynamic




Tanca Nica



Wine Type





Terre Siciliane IGP, Sicily







Nivuro Nostrale is the Pantesco name for the pignatello grape also known as perricone on the mainland. From 80-90 year old vines the grapes are partially destemmed and macerate for 10-15 days before gentle pressing. The wine feeds a 'riserva perpetua' started in 2016 – every year 150ltr are taken from the old barrels and bottled with a pinch of SO2. 

Notes on the producer

Lost between Africa and Europe, Pantelleria is (geographically speaking) more a Tunisian outpost than an offshoot of the Italian peninsula. With a diverse ecosystem, complex history, and culture intertwined with Arabic influence – Pantelleria is a world apart. Tanca Nica is run by Nicoletta Pecorelli, originally from Sardinia, and Francesco Ferreri, born and bred in Pantelleria. Francesco got the wine bug at a young age, inspired by his grandfather while making wine with him. He already knew he wanted to be a vignaiolo aged 14yo, and left Pantelleria to study at the renowned agricultural and oenological boarding school. Most of Pantelleria’s vineyards are located in the W/NW part of the island, protected from the Sirocco winds by the Montagna Grande (836m). They grow on two main types of soils: 'Soki Soki' – a light sandy soil made of pumice (frothy lava rock) and lapilli (fragments ejected from a volcanic eruption), the name itself is an onomatopoeia from the sound of footsteps on that particular ground. The work only with indigenous varietals Cataratto, Pignatello & Zibibbo (aka Muscat d’Alexandrie) which are all incredibly well suited to this landscape.

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