Valle dell'Acate

Country of Origin: Italy
Location: Ragusa, Sicily
People: Gaetana Jacono, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Certified Organic


Valle dell'Acate 2018 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC Login AG 87 WA 89
Valle dell'Acate 2021 'Il Frappato' Vittoria Frappato DOC Login AG 90 WS 89 In Stock
Valle dell'Acate 2021 'BelliFolli' Nero d'Avola, Sicilia DOC Login In Stock
Valle dell'Acate 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG Login AG 88 WA 89 In Stock
Valle dell'Acate 2019 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG Login WS 89 AG 91 In Stock

Media Links
Chicago Tribune: Nero d'Avola is king in Sicily, but another red grape turning heads
Wine Enthusiast: Red-Hot Sicily's Top Wine Regions
The Boston Globe: The next generation of Sicilian winemakers
James Suckling: Wines from Sicily - Valle dell'Acate Frappato

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The Sicilian winery of Valle dell’Acate has a long and storied history amongst the top estates in Sicily, as the Jacono family can trace back their winemaking roots here to the nineteenth century. It is located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, on the elegant Bidini Manor in the hills of the Dirillo Valley. The estate comprises over one hundred hectares of land, both for grapevines as well as Sicily’s famous blood oranges.

Under the direction of the current head of the family winery, the elegant Gaetana Jacono (sixth generation), many of the vineyards have been replanted to the great traditional grapes of Sicily, which are farmed organically. With the same love that tied her ancestors to the vines, along with marked entrepreneurial insight, Gaetana has devoted herself to the production of Sicilian wines - a production that has earned great recognition, even on the international scene.

The estate produces one of the finest examples of Cerasuolo di Vittoria, traditionally Sicily’s greatest wine. Cerasuolo di Vittoria was the first red wine in all of Sicily to achieve DOCG status, and to this day it continues to be one of Sicily’s greatest reds. The estate’s Cerasuolo di Vittoria is made of a blend of seventy percent Nero d’Avola and thirty percent Frappato, with the Nero d’Avola spending time in predominantly used barrique prior to bottling. The wine receives eight to nine more months of aging in bottle prior to release, allowing for the traditionally broad and velvety style of Cerasuolo di Vittoria to emerge prior to release. This is a full-bodied and complex wine, combining the dark spice notes of Nero d’Avola with the high-toned floral aspects of the Frappato. This harmonious blend displays supple tannins and sound acids to keep the wine fresh and bouncy on the palate. Valle dell'Acate wines have shown themselves to be an authentic expression of the history and character of this land.

From Vinous 12/2016
"An important, historic estate owned by the Jacono and Ferrero families and led brilliantly today by Gaetana Jacono and Francesco Ferrero, Valle dell’Acate has gone from strength to strength over the years. The Frappato is a marvelous medium-bodied, fresh, perfumed red and the Cerasuolo di Vittoria is also a standout this year."

From Wine Advocate 2/2013
"Valle dell’Acate’s lineup is full of reasonably priced wines full of varietal and regional character. It is impossible to go wrong with any of these flavorful offerings."

From Gambero Rosso 2012
“Valle dell’Acate has been considered one of the best wine areas in Sicily since it was colonized by the Greeks, who probably introduced the bush-training system still widely used in the area. The Jacono family estate, with Tania as its driving force, has worked in the birthplace of Nero d’Avola for six generations now. The winery continues to support native grape varieties and promote the local area through the eco-sustainable production of fine quality wines.”


  • Valle dell'Acate 2018 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC
    Rating: 87 (8/6/2019)

    Easygoing aromas and flavors of apple and herbs, but perhaps a touch dilute. Nicely pliant on the rather simple, medium-long finish.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2018 'Zagra' Grillo, Sicilia Bianco DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (10/17/2019)

    Here's a pretty white wine that is redolent of white flowers and jasmine, but it also has more substantial honey-like aromas that make it a good pairing partner to a platter of grilled fish in herbs and lemon sauce. The 2018 Sicilia Grillo Zagra is a lean Sicilian white with extra volume at the back. The wine never sees oak, in order to achieve that lean, snappy style.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
    Rating: 88 (6/10/2021)

    The 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria leads off with peppery herbs and florals, evolving further with time, adding wild strawberries and shavings of cedar. Its silky textures usher in ripe red and black fruits contrasted by exotic spices and hints of tobacco. This tapers off long with violet florals, savory herbs and inner earth notes.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (11/18/2021)

    Having been aged in oak for a year and, at the time of this tasting, almost two years in the bottle, the Valle dell'Acate 2018 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico is lean and easy to drink, with some acidic sharpness along the way. The blend is 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato, and it follows faithfully in the house style, especially in terms of its varietal purity and Sicilian authenticity. It's a red that would pair with easy meat dishes like lamb chops on the grill.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2019 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (11/15/2022)

    This juicy red delivers an aroma of mandarin orange on the nose that mixes on the palate, revealing a fragrant thread of Earl Grey tea leaf winding through black raspberry coulis, milled pepper, loamy earth and licorice twist. Gains nice definition and focus, courtesy of light tannins and fresh acidity.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2021 'Il Frappato' Vittoria Frappato DOC
    Rating: 90 (6/23/2022)

    The 2021 Frappato is a deeply expressive yet still lively expression, with hints of tangerine giving way to sour cherries and a mix of rose and violet florals. It's softly textured yet full of citrus-derived tension and perfumed throughout, like liquid flowers offset by a spicy wave of blood orange. This finishes with length yet also remarkably fresh, and it leaves the mouth watering for more. I would be happy to drink this any day of the week.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2019 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
    Rating: 91 (6/23/2022)

    A spicy and smoky mix of crushed blackberries, pepper-tinged florals and minty herbs makes the 2019 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico impossible to ignore. It's round yet lifted and spry, with hints of sour grapefruit that quickly add a mouthwatering tension, as tart wild berries and minerals settle upon the palate. The 2019 tapers off classically dry throughout the long, yet fresh and perfumed finale.
  • Valle dell'Acate 2021 'Il Frappato' Vittoria Frappato DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 89 (4/30/2023)

    Bright and expressive, this herbaceous red is tangy with orange rind acidity--a lively spine for wild cherry, raspberry, mineral and spice notes. Light- to medium-bodied, with a snappy finish. Drink now through 2026.