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Published:  23 July, 2008

By Christian Davis

The Zonin Family Wines & Estates unveiled the jewels' of its Sicilian Feudo Principi di Butera estate on 17 June at the Vineyard at Stockcross, near Newbury. At a special tasting, Zonin's export director Ettore Nicoletto, winemaker Franco Giacosa and Rati Vadher, managing director of the company's UK importer and distributor Belloni, showed di Butera's Calat, a 2000 Merlot, Sanrocco, a 2000 Cabernet, and recent samples of the 2001 Insolia and 2000 Deliella, both made from the native Nero d'Avola. Gianni Zonin, whose company claims to be Italy's leading vineyard owner and producer, is quoted as saying: Our challenge of producing high quality wines starts in Sicily: this is the ideal area for producing the great wines of the future.' With Zonin also experimenting with Petit Verdot and Syrah on the Butera estate, Nicoletto told Harpers that the company is looking to develop a Super Sicilian' wine based on the Sicilian grape Nero d'Avola. Vadher told Harpers that the new reds were not yet available in the UK, but he expected them to be listed at between 20-25.