North of Sicily, 40 kilometers of sea
separate the seven Eolian Islands -or Lipari- from the mother heart. They come
from a remote volcano origin, yet still possess volcanic activity, such as the
"fumarole" (hot smoke) and thermal mud baths.
The Eolians have acquired their means of sustenance from trade and agriculture,
due to the sweetness of the climate, in spite of the cronic lack of water. In
this contest the grapevine was the best choice, because the volcanic origin of
the land lends the best condition for it to flourish. The ancient Salina island,
named Dydyme (Twins) derives its name from its form - two mountains separate by
a landslide and has an area of 26.8 km. Agriculture is now the prevalent activity.
On the island there are the Eolian's best vineyard of Malvasia and others like
Cataratto, Inzolia, Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Perricone, Nocera, Nerello
Cappuccio, and also local grapes.
The Caravaglio Antonino Agri Firm represents an example of eolian industry and
comes from old country roots. Antonino Caravaglio, after having finished his agrarian
studies, decided to dedicate himself to the vineyard of his family, in the Capo
Gramignazzo little village, near Malfa, 100 meters above the sea level.
Antonino's studies helped in his selection of vines types, and he strived to obtain
species best able to grow in untilled land. Antonino's main efforts were always
to reach a product of greatest quality using old methods of traditions. His cellar
was built in 1990 with modern technologies.
Antonino sells his production directly from the four hectares of well-maintained
vineyard, added to the other fifteen hectares of which he is setting up. The Caravaglio's
Malvasia delle Lipari D.O.C. vine is the true Malvasia vine, of which its taste
hasn't changed. The firm also produces a meritage wine named Isola. The Caravaglio
Firm is part of the Wine roads project of Sicily, precisely, Route no. 7: The
Malvasia delle Lipari road.
Caravagio S.n.c. / Via Nazionale, 33 / 98050 Malfa Isola di Salina ME / (090)