I meet Francesco Santore at Cantine Corbera on a warm September afternoon. I ask him: “What is a cantina sociale (a cooperative winegrowers association)? He answers that it means being able to count on 700 members, who are united by a single desire: “To make good wines.” After this explanation, everything becomes clear. The Corbera was born in 1971 and it covers 1700 hectares of vineyards, that are cultivated in 5 districts in the hills around Santa Margherita in Belice.
Francesco tells me that wine is a source of inspiration for the arts, just like literature.
I find this an interesting comparison because, after all, we are in the Terre Sicane, the same lands that inspired Giuseppe Tommasi di Lampedusa to write “The Leopard.” In 2013 the new line of wines was born, inspired by the two protagonist of the book, Angelica e Fabrizio, two pure local grape wines, Grillo and Nero D’Avola.