The wines of Porta del Vento

by Marco Giovanetti

The two wines of Porta del Vento were one of the most interesting pair tasted at the latest trade tasting of Bambara Selection.

The Porta del Vento winery  is located  at 600 metres above sea level  in a valley forming part of the Valdibella (Camporeale) district in the province of Palermo ( Sicily), in the Alcamo and Monreale DOC appellation areas.

It is here that Marco Sferlazzo cultivates about ten hectares of vineyards planted with old catarratto and perricone vines, planted in this area more than thirty years ago by skilled farmers who were able to align the plants following the steep slopes of the land, orienting them towards north.

The norm is biological and biodynamic farming.. In fact, no synthetic product is used among the vines and an effort is always made to understand and maintain the balance of the vineyard ecosystem.

The Voria Frizzante sur Lie Blanco ( $27.95, 12 pack case) is a sparkling wine made from Catarratto grapes grown and harvested by hand in small boxes It is refermented in the bottle with addition of must to the base wine. Unfiltered and not degorged, with the presence of yeasts in the bottle.

It had beautiful nuances of ripe orchard white fruit with subdued floral nuances. On the palate, it was refreshing with a long and harmonious with a delicate bubble and lovely roasted apple finale. It should be perfect as an aperitivo with the shellfish in season at the moment.

The Luna Calante, Catarratto 2017 ( $34.50, 12 pack case). Catarratto fermented in contact with the skins for 30 days, traditional vinification in open concrete tanks at an ambient temperature of about 24 degrees, frequent punching up by hand within 24 hours.Aged for ten months in stainless steel tanks.

A beautiful SIcilian white. Incredible mineral fragrances with touches of honey and wax bee. A wine of great body with a beautiful balance. Very  fresh with a crisp taste. Long and persistent with an excellent aging capacity.

The wines of Porta del Vento are available via private import in Quebec through Bambara Selection (, 450.482.3777

Your turn to taste

Don’t miss out on your chance to taste some of the greatest artisanal Italian  natural wines available in the province of Quebec in the upcoming Raspipav and RAW wine salons.

Raw Wine Fair The second Montréal edition of RAW WINE will take place on 24 and  25 October 2019. The fair is open to the general public  between 10 am and 6 pm. The fair takes place at Salon Richmond 1861 (550 Rue Richmond, Montréal (QC) H3J 1V3), in the former St. Joseph’s Church. Tickets go from $70 to $110. ( 1 and 2 day passes) For more information, please visit:

Raspipav 2019. The 12th edition of Raspipav ( Private Import wine & spirit fair) is back on October 26th and 27th at the Bonsecours Market. The fair is open from 12:00pm to 7:00pm to general public. Pre sale tickets online go for $30 ( includes entrance fee, tasting glass and $20 tasting tickets-best deal). Otherwise your tickets can be purchased on site for $30 ( includes entrance fee, tasting glass and $15.00 tasting tickets). For more information, please visit: