Quignones. A century of tradition
The Quignones winery comes to life thanks to the passionate and kind work of Alfredo Quignones,
who carried out a project begun by his great-grandfather in the nineteenth century. Today
Quignones aims at the production of natural wines, which offer a different expression of Sicily,
through the use of rare grape varieties and particular methods of vinification and refinement. It is a
proud small company, which produces wine and extra virgin olive oil, linked to traditional practices,
such as rigorous harvesting by hand and patient refining of wines.
The wines produced are the result of a love story: the one with the hills, where the vines ripen, and
the sea. The hill, cloaked in the sun and superb nature, sighs looking at the immense sea. The latter
observes it from afar, blowing a breeze, sometimes sweet, sometimes powerful, charged with its
perfume. Ancient landscapes covering more than 100 hectares in the most authentic and less known
Sicily, lands full of millennia of history and which have belonged to the Quignones family for over
2 centuries. Making a good wine takes time. Quignones bottle wine for a living, so that customers
can enjoy it.
A very ancient story
It was the Baron Raffaele Quignones, great-great-grandfather of the current conductor, who
purchased a large land property called Tenuta d’Apaforte, around the mid-nineteenth century, in the
plain of Licata. Already at that time, among centuries-old olive trees and cutting-edge almond
plantations, there was a vineyard where the soil mainly enhanced its calcareous component. There
were produced grapes of an intense violaceous, with the cluster typically slack, called
Calabrian. After almost two centuries, the almond groves have partially given up their home to the
vineyards, and Nero d’Avola has been discovered to have always lived in these lands mistaken for
The farm extends over more than one hundred hectares between the slopes of the hill of Sant’Oliva
and up to its top, in front of the vast plain of Licata that stretches for kilometers, up to the sandy
coasts of the Mediterranean. Today Alfredo Quignones continues along the path marked by his
father who, at the beginning of the Seventies of the last century, decided to convert part of the
company specializing in the cultivation of vines, strong of a tradition that has now become secular.
And so it is that the original pergola farms (in this absolved part of Sicily called awnings) have been
converted into long rows of backyards. In addition, many other vines have been added to the
original vineyards, while the historic Nero d’Avola and Insolia vines have been flanked by cultivars
such as Chardonnay, Fiano, Syrah and Petit Verdot.