Centopassi is the wine operation behind Libera Terra run by Giovanni Ascioni, a truly talented and passionate winemaker who is turning out some of the most exciting whites anywhere in Italy right now. As author Robert Camuto writes in his beloved book South Of Somewhere:
"Organized crime was one of Giovanni's preferred subjects because, in his multifarious life, he was not only a winemaker, writer, and photographer, but he also managed to work for Libera Terra, the 21st century nonprofit that repurposed land confiscated from convicted mobsters by the courts. Libera Terra runs cooperatives across Southern Italy that use the lands for producing organic wine, pasta, beans, canned tomatoes, jams, and olive oil. For communities in the South, agriculture is an important source of employment, and Libera Terra kept those properties from being abandoned."
Today, Centopassi's vineyards are thriving today thanks to all of Giovanni and his team's great work. The ‘Rocce di Pietra Longa’ is 100% Grillo from the Pietralunga vineyard, located near the town of Corleone. The vineyard can be recognized by a tall stone (the Pietra Lunga), about 100 feet high, nearby. Vines were planted in stony alkaline clay soil with many rocky outcroppings. The wine offers gorgeous and intensely-mouthwatering aromas of lemon, marzipan and wet stones. We think it sings with seafood.