It’s not difficult to see why Baglio del Cristo di Campobello is being touted as one of the best wine producers throughout Sicily. Located in the south east, around a 40-minute drive from Agrigento, the terrain here is mesmerising: long winding valleys meet with gently sloping hills and large sheer rock faces that resemble something you’d expect to find in Arizona, not Sicily.
Agriculture dominates here and the majority of Sicily’s fruit and vegetables come from this specific area of the island. It was only a matter of time before vineyards would follow suit and, with time, enologists who made a beeline for this exact spot, knowing full well that the soils here were fertile and filled with calcareous clay and limestone.
These soils work well for cultivating both red and white grapes, especially Sicily’s indigenous varieties, and Cristo di Campobello have been both passionate and meticulous in their wine making here, producing some of the region’s best expessions from Laluci with its wildly expressive acidity, saline minerality and mouth-puckering citrus fruit flavours to C’D’C Rosso with its crowd-pleasing rich fruit flavours, herbaceous notes and easy drinking style.
It’s this sun-drenched, exposed, dusty, tropical and vibrantly green stretch of land, combined with the upmost respect for nature and skilled winemaking, that gives Cristo di Campobello’s sought-after wines their extra personality and character that’s hard to match and even harder to forget.
A cask of wine works more miracles than a church full of saints" - Italian proverb