The Valle Belice PGI is reserved for the following typologies of wine: White, Red, Rosé and Novello. The Indication also incorporates numerous grape variety specifications.
The production area of Valle Belice PGI is within the entire territory of the municipalities of Santa Margherita Belice, Montevago and Menfi in the Province of Agrigento, and Contessa Entellina in the Province of Palermo, in the Sicily region.
White, red and rosé wines with the Valle Belice PGI must be obtained from grapes originating from vineyards, in a business environment, with one or more grape varieties similar in colour and suitable for cultivation in the concerned area.
Description of product typologies
Valle Belice PGI Bianco, alone or with specification of grape variety, has a straw-yellow in colour, varying in intensity; the nose offers an ample spectrum of sensations ranging from white flowers to orange blossom and Lily of the Valley, and from fruit to Mediterranean scrub; it is sapid, intense and fresh-to-smooth on the palate, with a rich fruity flavour. It can also be produced as Semi-Sparkling wine. Valle Belice PGI Rosso, alone or with specification of grape variety, is ruby-red; the nose is complex and fruity; it is structured and smooth on the palate, with robust tannins and good persistence. It can also be produced as Semi-Sparkling and Novello wine. Valle Belice PGI Rosé, alone or with specification of grape variety, is cherry-pink in colour; the nose reveals floral and fruity sensations; it is typical, characteristic and dry on the palate. It can also be produced as Semi-Sparkling wine.
Grape variety specifications
The Valle Belice PGI with the specification of one or two of the grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the Sicily region, is reserved for wines that are obtained from grapes originating from vineyard compounds, in a business environment, for at least 85% of the corresponding grape variety. Non-aromatic grapes similar in colour and originating from other grape varieties suitable for cultivation in the Sicily region, max. 15%, can contribute, pure or combined, to the production of the above-mentioned musts and wines. The Valle Belice PGI with specification of two grape varieties is reserved for wines, incl. Semi-Sparkling and Novello (limitedly from red grape varieties), obtained from corresponding grapes originating from vineyard compounds, in a business environment, on the condition that the wine derives exclusively from the two indicated grapes, and that the quantity of grapes produced by each of the varieties is higher than 15% of the total. The grape varieties must be indicated on the label in descending order, in respect to the actual contribution of the grape. Valle Belice PGI wines with specification of one or two grape varieties can also be produced as Semi-Sparkling and Novello, the latter limitedly from red grape varieties.Valle Belice PGI wines with specification of grape variety must display the organoleptic properties of the grape variety, as well as the indicated characteristics for the typology of wine.