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Few regions have as extensive of a winemaking history as Sicily. The Phoenicians first brought wine to the Mediterranean island, and over the centuries it was a favorite among both the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Arabs—including people like Julius Caesar and Pliny the Elder. That historic reputation extends to the modern era through Corvo, which has been making Sicilian wines for nearly 200 years. Now, for the first time, the new vintages of Corvo Grillo and Nero d’Avola will bear the Sicilia DOC label, further emphasizing that authentic connection to Sicily.
The 2020 vintage of Corvo Grillo and the 2018 Nero d’Avola mark a new chapter in the brand’s long and storied heritage. Though the history of Corvo has long been intertwined with that of Sicily—the brand was founded in 1824 and first imported to the U.S. in 1868—the Sicilia DOC designation reinforces the brand’s link and commitment to the land. Among the top producers in the Sicilia DOC, Corvo is one of the oldest and most historic brands.
But while the core Corvo line was previously driven by its longtime Bianco and Rosso wines, the brand saw an opportunity to refresh its offerings in more recent years. Today, Corvo has transitioned its Classics line to focus on native, single-varietal wines—including Moscato and rosé in addition to the Grillo and Nero d’Avola—linked to Sicily’s winemaking culture and terroir.
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“Celebrating our heritage is important to the Corvo brand,” says Giacomo Tarquini, global marketing director for Duca di Salaparuta and Corvo. “Promoting these native varieties and working with Sicilia DOC to further communicate the essence of Sicily is something we are proud to share.”
The brand also launched two additional projects: Irmàna, which hand-harvested, sustainably farmed varietal wines from Frappato and Grillo, and Colomba Platino, two bright and well-balanced wines made from Insolia and Nero d’Avola. The Irmàna Grillo and Colomba Platino Nero d’Avola will each bear the Sicilia DOC as well.
This expanded, diverse portfolio, with its reinforced ties to Sicilian culture, comes at a time when U.S. drinkers are increasingly seeking to discover new wine regions, particularly those with strong cultural connections. Many have already found that quality, authenticity, and value in Sicily, particularly through brands like Corvo, where winemaker Barbara Tamburini blends technology and tradition to create terroir-expressive wines from native grape varieties.
The core Corvo bottle itself has also received an update. While the historic crest remains on the front, an added red sash creates a contemporary design with Italian flair. And with a screw cap rather than a cork, Corvo’s classic wines can seamlessly make their way onto dinner tables and into a variety of drinking occasions.
“Our goal is to provide consumers with quality wines and an authentic Sicilian experience that over-delivers at every price point,” says Ray Stoughton, the EVP & general manager of Disaronno International. “Our focus and investment in innovation with the Corvo portfolio will help us reach new consumers and provide greater visibility to the potential of the Sicilian category for every occasion.”
With the Corvo Grillo and Nero d’Avola’s Sicilia DOC designation front and center, consumers can easily recognize that these quality wines are true to the region—just as Corvo has always been.
Explore the latest releases from Corvo:
Corvo Grillo 2020, Sicilia DOC
This native Sicilian grape is used to make a dry, vibrant wine, with fragrant aromas of grapefruit, citrus blossom, and peach, and a mouthwatering finish.
Corvo Nero d’Avola 2018, Sicilia DOC
With a special place in the island’s wine legacy, Nero d’Avola aged in a blend of stainless steel and oak creates a wine with tart red fruit aromas, leading to a bold palate with hints of spice.