Tasca d'Almerita

We cultivate the earth and we envision the future. For the past two hundred years.

Our history in Sicily is written in the land that we care for and have handed down for eight generations. With the profound respect we owe to our tradition, and always looking towards the future.

Over the years, Capofaro has been added to the mother estate, Regaleali, in Salina, in the Aeolian archipelago; Tascante on Etna; the historic Whitaker estate on the ancient Mozia island; and Sallier de La Tour, in Monreale. In a precise project of valorization of the autochthonous varieties and of the territories with the highest wine-growing vocation.

Each productive nucleus has its own marked personality, and narrates an always different Sicily.

Next to the vineyards grow olive trees, wheat fields and almond trees. In the vegetable gardens, in the pastures, in the orchards, men and women work to help us keep pace with the seasons and give birth to the best products of Sicily. Each with its own character, each with its own rhythms.

Today, for us the biggest challenge is to preserve these places and leave them intact to our children, in a sign of constant attention to the protection of every single ecosystem.

Since 1830: our history

  1. 1830
    Regaleali

    1200 hectares in the Regaleali contrada are purchased by the brothers Lucio and Carmelo Mastrogiovanni Tasca, introducing the most modern agricultural technology available into the Sicilian backcountry.

  2. 1840
    Villa Tasca

    The dowry of Lucio’s wife, Beatrice Lanza, includes Villa Camastra – today Villa Tasca – the Palermo residence of the Tasca d’Almerita family.

  3. 1854
    A MODEL FARM

    Regaleali is awarded the prize “model farm” in the annals of agriculture. Growing grains and producing fodder are at the time the main activities in the Regaleali area where the vineyards are only a small portion of the worked land.

  4. 1882
    Parsifal

    Richard Wagner finishes the 3rd Act of Parsifal while a guest at Villa Tasca.

  5. 1890
    NURSERY AT VILLA CAMASTRA

    The Tasca family vineyards are decimated by the phylloxera epidemic afflicting grape cultivation throughout Europe: a special nursery is created at Villa Camastra to graft the grapevines onto healthy rootstock coming from America.

  6. 1901
    CAMASTRA IS CREATED

    With the local Catarratto and Inzolia varieties, with the addition of Sauternes blends, Camastra is created. It wins the Pistone prize, and other awards will follow in Italy and France.

  7. 1950
    THE ESTATE

    The redistribution of the land during the agricultural reform in Italy brings about the reshaping of the Regaleali estate from its original 1200 hectares to 500 hectares.

  8. 1954
    SAN LUCIO VINEYARD

    The first of the current Regaleali vineyards is planted, a plot of land planted with Nero d’Avola grapes using the gobelet training system.

  9. 1960
    REGALEALI WHITE

    Regaleali white makes its debut, a blend of Inzolia, Catarratto and Greganico that will become the company’s feather in their cap.

  10. 1970
    RISERVA DEL CONTE

    The first vintage of Regaleali Riserva del Conte.

  11. 1979
    INTERNATIONAL VARIETIES

    Unbeknownst to his father, Lucio Tasca plants the first international varieties at the estate, 4 rows for each type: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

  12. 1984
    NOZZE D’ORO

    To celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Franca, Conte Giuseppe creates Nozze d’Oro, a blend of Inzolia and “Sauvignon Tasca”.

  13. 1988
    SAN FRANCESCO

    Cabernet Sauvignon arrives.

  14. 1990
    CLASSIC METHOD

    Almerita Brut Contea di Sclafani is created, 24 months on the lees, classic method using Chardonnay.

  15. 1994
    DIAMANTE

    Conte Giuseppe creates his second “anniversary wine” Diamante, but the first vintage to be sold will be the 2002 harvest.

  16. 2001
    SALINA

    The search is on for land suitable for wine production and with a strong personality. Capofaro Malvasia & Resort is created on the island of Salina.

  17. 2006
    ETNA

    The Tascante project is formed (Sciaranova contrada and Piano Dario).

  18. 2007
    MOZIA

    The Whitaker Foundation entrusts the winemaking of the grapes from the Island of Mozia to Tasca d’Almerita.

  19. 2008
    NERELLO MASCALESE

    Tascante produced with Nerello Mascalese makes its debut.

  20. 2009
    SYRAH

    Start of the management of the Sallier de La Tour cousins historical estate in the Monreale DOC area.

  21. 2012
    WINERY OF THE YEAR

    Tasca d’Almerita is proclaimed “Winery of the Year” by the Gambero Rosso.

  22. 2015
    RISERVA DEL CONTE

    Forty years after the first vintage, the special edition Riserva del Conte 2010.

  23. 2016
    MARCHESA WINERY

    The Tascante project is expanded by another vineyard and its winery, Marchesa.

  24. 2017
    CONTESSA FRANCA

    A slow stay on the lees, for 60 months. Contessa Franca, single vintage, Extra Brut 2010.

  25. 2018
    SUSTAINABILITY

    Tasca d’Almerita is the first wine estate to be certified Viva – SOStain.