Cento Cavalli Nero d'Avola
Another outstanding example of top quality, varietal, and regional typicity from the David Gleave, MW, Matt Thomson, and Alana McGettigan trio. The Hundred Horse Chestnut (Castagno dei Cento Cavalli), located in eastern Sicily, is said to be over 2,000 years old, and is thought to be the oldest known chestnut tree in the world. The tree’s name is said to come from a legend in which a queen and one hundred knights were caught in a severe thunderstorm and had to shelter under the chestnut tree. It is as much a symbol of Sicily as the vine, which was brought to the island by the Greeks about 3,000 years ago. The wines are produced at a modern and well-equipped winery in the hills outside of Trapani. The best sites on the estate are vineyards are reserved for Nero d’Avola. Alana selects the best fruit from these vineyards for the Cento Cavalli wines.