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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.
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Viadotto Pernice
Italy, Sicilia


Meet The Team

  • Laura Orsi

    Laura was born and raised in Milan, with a PhD cum Laude in Food Preparation Sciences from the University of Milan (1994) and a Masters in Enology from the University of Piacenza (1996). Twenty years ago, she moved her life from the bustling city to work in the Sicilian countryside. She has been Head Enologist at Tasca d’Almerita since June of 2004 and resides at Tenuta Regaleali, the storied home of the Tasca d’Almerita family since 1830 and open-air viticultural laboratory. She oversees winemaking operations for all of Tasca’s five estates, working with a diligent team of agronomists and enologists and collaborating with consulting winemaker, Carlo Ferrini.
    She accepted the challenge nearly two decades ago to take the wines of Tasca to a new level, working both with native varietals but also constantly experimenting. Years of dedication and patience along with a sincere fondness for teamwork brought Orsi success both on a national and international level. She was even named Winemaker of the Year in 2010 by the Guida del Giornale di Sicilia.
    When asked to define her ideal wine in three words, Orsi declares: “A wine should be emotional, balanced and above all else express its own unique identity.”

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  • Mario Licari

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