Ottoventi with its 40 hectares of vines, is located just outside Trapani in north-west Sicily, and it is owned by Antonio Mazara, an accountant with the passion for viticulture and wine-making. After having supplied with his grapes well-known Sicilian producers for many years in 1996 Antonio, with the help of his children Sara and Francesco, chose the lonely route to quality, deciding to grow and vinify the fruit himself in-house. They chose the name Ottoventi – which translates as ‘eight winds’ – as a symbol of the diversity of the landscape in this part of Sicily. Winemaker Isabella Tunbarilla and her consultant Guzzo (who was with Regaleali for 25 years) are particularly expert at making the most of local white grape varieties grillo, zibibbo and catarratto. Ottoventi produces a range of fine dry whites, excellent reds and a sweet passito.