Modern knowledge combined
The entire vinification process, from the use of stainless-steel tanks to the refinement of the wine in aged oak barrels, is done in our natural temperature-controlled, underground cellar. The Gambino Winery cellar is ten meters underground, dug into the volcanic rock for a natural control of temperature beyond technology. Our winemaker carefully selects the oak barrels, to combine tradition and new technologies, thus reducing sulfites in the wine and pulling out the best flavors and revealing the best expressions of our wines.
The story of the Gambino Winery began in 1978 when Mr. Vittorio Raciti and his wife Maria Gambino bought parcels of land from several local land owners, and dedicated the land to grape growing.
From the 80s to the 90s, the family worked on their estate and vineyards, creating one of the most impressive terraced estates North East of Mount Etna.
As the family recognized the potential of their Mount Etna vineyards to produce truly great wines, the entire family got involved and worked together to modernize the winery and production.
After receiving the unfortunate news that they could not expand their cellars due to the winery’s location within a National Park (and the regulations that existed), the Gambino’s had to change directions and move their winery to a new location. This process took three years and a huge investment, but the work paid off!
In 2012 the family decided to build a new a bigger structure to guest more people who started coming from all over the world confirming their excellent capacity of making people feel in Sicily and at home.
Today the Gambino Winery has expanded to include 25 hectares of planted vineyards, and continues to grow! On their Mount Etna property (which boasts the highest elevation vineyards on Mount Etna), they grow nerello mascalese, nerello cappuccio, cataratto, and carricante. The family also grows other grapes, such as grillo, cabernet sauvignon, and nero d’avola, at their vineyards in the Caltanissetta area of Central Sicily.
Wanderlust Wines owned by brothers Mark and Matt are proud partners to Gambino Winery! Representing Gambino’s wines in the United States Wanderlust Wines strive to bridge the gap between the Gambino Winery and your home, making it easy and convenient to purchase