Modus Bibendi Bianco Macerato is an orange wine made of equal parts Grillo, Catarratto, and Zibibbo (from the Muscat family) grown in clay & gravel. The Grillo and Zibibbo are harvested in August and co-fermented with natural yeast and left to macerate for 20 days. Catarratto is picked later and processed separately. Once combined the wine is steel-aged on the lees for seven months. It is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with just a small amount of sulfur.
Elios is as much a food company as it is a winery. Guido Grillo makes just three wines, and Nicola Adamo bottles some excellent Sicilian olive oil and honey. In 2015 they left their jobs as consultants to give life to a project of their own: to change the fate of the grapes of their farms, which up to then had been sold on the cheap to industry. They started producing low intervention wines expression of their “terroir”. They make minimum intervention low sulfite wines with native Sicilian organic grapes grown between Alcamo, Camporeale and Monreale; areas all located in the north-west part of Sicily, from Grillo, Zibibbo, Nero d'Avola, Catarratto and Nerello Mascalese grapes.
Grapes: Grillo, Catarratto, and Zibibbo
Tasting: Sunshine in a bottle, dry apricot and citrusy orange, savory and fresh
Pairing: Salami, oily fish, garlicky pasta, sardines