Cantine Nicosia

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Back in 1898 Francesco Nicosia, the great-grandfather of the current owner, decided to open his first wine shop in Trecastagni, on the eastern slope of Mount Etna. This was the golden age of Etna wines, which – even then – were renowned and esteemed across Europe for their minerality and “volcanic” personality.

Towards the end of the twentieth century, however, the family came to an entrepreneurial watershed, thanks to the tenacity, courage and innovative spirit of Carmelo Nicosia, the current owner. Investing heavily in expanding and restructuring the vineyards, and building a modern winery, he helped transform the family business into one of the leading players in the renaissance of Sicilian wine in Italy and around the world.
Nicosia is a dynamic, modern and efficient company that looks towards the future, but without forgetting tradition.

Promoting the best winegrowing areas in Sicily while fully respecting the environment, focusing on the finest native varieties and the international cultivars that can best adapt to Sicily, promoting the best raw material by selecting the best grapes and lavishing enormous care on work in the cellar. A long and exciting path towards quality, in order to produce wines that represent the finest in Sicilian enology.

The Trecastagni winery is the place where tradition meets ultra-modern technology. Covering a nearly 27000-square-foot space, over a total area of more than 20.000 square feet, among the spacious winemaking area and testing laboratory, large stainless steel tanks and barrels, the ultra-modern bottling line and the bottle aging area and the suggestive underground barrel cellar, the winery is where the heart of the company beats.

Here, in the hospitable wine shop, visitors are welcome to sample the final result of the company’s efforts for themselves. In this veritable “refuge”, far from the frenetic pace of everyday life, standing before a majestic view of the volcano, guests at Cantine Nicosia can take part in tastings and events in which wine is always the star.

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AIR indicator reflects the total greenhouse gas emission directly or indirectly associated with the company activities (GHG Inventory).
Total emissions are divided into six categories: Category 1 – Direct GHG emissions; Category 2 – Indirect GHG emissions from imported energy; Category 3 – Indirect GHG emissions from transportation; Category 4 – Indirect GHG emissions from products used by organization; Category 5 – Indirect GHG emissions associated with the use of products from the organization (NS=Non Significant as outside the reporting boundaries); Category 6 – Indirect GHG emissions from other sources.
The result is graphically represented by the ring in which the colored segments represent the contribution of each Category.

Category 1 – Direct GHG emissions
Category 2 – Indirect GHG emissions from imported energy
Category 3 – Indirect GHG emissions from transportation
Category 4 – Indirect GHG emissions from products used by organization
Category 5 – Indirect GHG emissions associated with the use of products from the organization (NS=Non Significant as outside the reporting boundaries)
Category 6 – Indirect GHG emissions from other sources

The WATER indicator expresses the potential environmental impacts resulting from the use of fresh water. It takes into account the water directly consumed and polluted by the activities that the company carries out, both in the vineyard and in the cellar, during a calendar year. These impacts are evaluated by two indicators: in particular, water scarcity (Direct Water Scarcity Footprint) depends on the water drawn from water bodies, while the estimate of the qualitative degradation of water (Non-Comprehensive Direct Water Degradation Footprint) derives from processes of re-naturalization of the water bodies.

Direct Water Scarcity Footprint




VINEYARD indicator measures the agricultural practices impact: the use of agrochemicals and their effects on ground water, air and soil quality; the soil management which includes the use of fertilizers; the management of organic materials; phenomena such as compaction and erosion and other activities that can affect biodiversity. The impact of such parameters are expressed on a scale from A to E (A = minimal environmental impact; E = strong environmental impact).

Environmental Impact

TERRITORY indicator assesses the impact of winery's activities on its surrounding area and local community. This includes: the impact on surrounding biodiversity, taking also into account initiatives carried out by the wine company to protect and preserve the environment; the social and economic impact on local workforce (both in terms of job creation and job quality); the impact on local communities that is producers and consumers. Such indicator analyses whether the winery has respected the socio-economic parameters required by the project.

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VIVA. Sustainable wine
Ministero della transizione ecologica