GABRIO and GIOTTO BINI
GABRIO & GIOTTO BINI - VIGNERONS DE PÈRE EN FILS
AZIENDA AGRICOLA SERRAGGHIA
Gabrio Bini and his son Giotto or, as they like to call themselves, “Vignerons de pere en fils” (farmers/winemakers from father to son), on the Sicilian treasure island that is Pantelleria, have been giving light to veritable supernovas of natural wines, which are now revered cult icons all over the world. The most iconic one being the Serragghia skin contact dry Zibibbo, known among natural wine nerds as “il freccione” (the big arrow), due to the the image on the striking labels, inspired by a large marble sculpture designed by Gabrio and crafted by a Tuscan sculptor.
Gabrio, a famed architect from Florence long since based in Milan, had always been a passionate natural wine lover, long before the term became of common use. In the late 90’s Gabrio fell in love with the savage Mediterranean beauty of Pantelleria and began his adventure initially growing capers and then naturally going into wine.
Working just over 5 hectares, their vinnaturist credo is so pure that not even copper and sulphur treatments are used, with two horses allowed to tend the vineyards.
The vines’ average age is a stunning 50 years, with some parcels going beyond 100, all trained with the ancient “alberello pantesco” method, which developed in order to withstand the island’s fierce winds.
Needless to say, all fermentations are gloriously wild and no tainting by fining, filtration or added SO2 is ever allowed.
All of Gabrio and Giotto’s wines, so as to extract the innermost soul of the grapes and their terroir, see prolonged skin contact and ferment and age in Spanish “tinaja” amphorae interred in the local soil.