A brief history
The Sallier de La Tour project was born in 2008, the year in which my first cousin Filiberto Sallier de La Tour, prince of Camporeale, a gentleman farmer and passionate romantic like few I have met in my life, asked us Tascas to take care of his beautiful estate a few kilometres from Palermo.
After working out the formal and bureaucratic details, we began with great enthusiasm, and with all the humility that a new agricultural and viticultural challenge requires from the very first moment.
At Sallier de La Tour we have bet on Syrah, a variety that we have studied in all its agronomic and productive aspects. The basic idea – to use a so-called “international” grape – seems to run counter to the search for the native roots
of our rich island. However, we are increasingly convinced that some of these varieties, like Syrah in this case, are capable of translating the “language” of a given territory in the best possible way.
The Syrah grape cultivated in Doc Monreale is laboriously building its own identity, and we know full well that there are no shortcuts in wine-making, and that only with our perseverance can we achieve, harvest after harvest, the ambitious goals that we have set for ourselves.
The work of the Estate is narrated today through three different versions of Syrah; at present, in accordance with a project to enhance the territory, beside Syrah we also cultivate native varieties such as Grillo, Inzolia and Nero d’Avola.