Where we are

THE LAND

Leaving behind the city of Palermo, crossed the narrow passage of the “Portella della Paglia”, begins a landscape with a wide and restful breath, fertile of vineyards and sparkling waters: it is the Upper Valley of Jato that since the most remote times has been a wine tank Western Sicily

Surrounded by mountains whose peaks reach 1,000 m.l.l.m.(Mlam and Dammusi Mountains), crossed by the Jato River, which is fed by pure and fresh waters from the Wall of the Procura and the Wall of Cannavera, the Upper Valley of Jato is rich in history and heroic culture ;the ideal climate and the presence of the Jato River, considered the River of Wine, favor the production of grapes with a high acidity rate, giving the wines intense colors, good structure and fine quality.

 

THE HISTORY

The Jato Valley has been affected by several people who have left visible traces that allow us to reconstruct the events going back in time to the ancient ancestors, the inhabitants of these places.

The Stone Age hunter-gatherers have left traces of themselves in the cave art in the caves of the mountains and Mirabella and Reitano. The central element of the archaeological heritage of the valley is Mount Jato, continuously occupied since the beginning of the first millennium BC until the High Middle Ages, where flourished the ancient city of Jaitas, where the wine was produced already more than 3,000 years. (See archeological site).

Following the destruction of Giato (name of the city located on the mount-age Arab-Norman) in 1246, human settlement was reorganized slowly through the colonization of the valley at the hands of merchants and bankers Palermo that create latifondistica

economy, building in rural area architectural artifacts of great value.

The beautiful Masserie represent this urban renaissance and economic: in them was the life of farm laborers, employed by the Lords. Particularly important is the Masseria Dammusi, in whose fief, once run by the Jesuits of Trapani, is the House, then turned by Prince Joseph Beccadelli in his summer residence, and so called “House of the Prince.” Inside is the chapel with the coat of arms of the Jesuit order.

The valley of the jato is certainly one of the wine producing areas of western Sicily, the most interesting for its terroir and wine tradition. In the valley there are hundreds of small producers of grapes, and they still sell their produce to buyers and winemakers of the coastal areas of Partinico, Bagheria to the area of ​​Messina, Italy also high, that select small batches to achieve their wines.

The particular area of ​​the Jato Valley and Feotto company is ideal and allows the creation of wines with character and personality specific and identifiable and that express the unique characteristics of their territoriality.

The company in C / Feotto is about 28 Km from Palermo and is located in the municipality of San Giuseppe Jato in the wide valley carved out by the River Jato and surrounded by mountains that climb up to 1,000 meters above sea level.

Soil is the medium type mixture with remarkable presence of stones that are well-ventilated and cool. The company is exposed to the south in the high hills at an altitude that goes from 327 meters above sea level in the area around the river Jato up to 437 m The company is certified organic by Soil and Health since 2002.