Sicilian Wines Take the Stage: Terre Scure’s Catarratto Lucido Dazzles in California

Making wine and olive oil in Sicily isn’t merely production – it’s an art form, steeped in ancient traditions. Nestled in Partanna, in the province of Trapani, lies a family-run business that has made these venerable traditions its flagship: Terre Scure.

Terre Scure, founded by two brothers bound by their passion for the land and its bounties, Ignazio and Giuseppe Varvaro, has a tale that began in the 1950s. Their grandparents began to plant vineyards and olive groves on lands previously sown with seeds, thus sewing the first stitches into the rich tapestry of this authentically genuine reality characterized by hard work and a passion for the land.

The brothers’ profound connection to their land has propelled them towards sustainable production, conscientiously respecting biodiversity. Achieved through the application and monitoring of measurable objectives, conscious soil management, and the defense of indigenous plants, their commitment remains steadfast.

In recent 2021, Terre Scure became a simple partnership, managing to close the wine and olive oil supply chain and thereby taking control of every aspect of the production process, from cultivation to marketing.

With Davide, Giuseppe’s son, joining the team, the business proudly enters its fourth generation.

Operating out of Partanna, in the province of Trapani, it boasts a lush 74 acres of land dedicated to vineyards and olive groves. Here, every operation necessary to ensure an exceptionally high-quality product is meticulously performed: no herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers are used, and olives are harvested by hand, according to a traditional process honed by generations.

Today, Terre Scure produces approximately 200 tons of grapes and 30 tons of olives, which after processing, become about 40,000 gallons of wine and about 5 tons of olive oil.

The cultivars chosen for production are exclusively indigenous. In particular, there is the catarratto lucido, one of the most widespread varieties in the province of Trapani, along with grillo, Sangiovese, Mascalese, and Nero d’Avola, the jewel in the entire selection’s crown.

The company primarily targets a market comprising carefully selected small-scale dining establishments: bars, bistros, restaurants – all businesses that can best enhance the quality of the product.

Thanks to participation in the prestigious Best Wine Stars in Milan, Terre Scure has also had the opportunity to forge commercial relationships with foreign countries, particularly with Germany.

The wines of this Sicilian company will be showcased at Nexxt Expo, the Made in Italy fair scheduled from October 19 to 22 in Los Angeles, at a stand at the Sicily Show organized by IoComproSiciliano.

This event offers an ideal stage to achieve one of the company’s main objectives: introducing the quality of their products overseas, with an aim to establish their first commercial ties with the United States.