‘… Exquisite and classy’ as described in the book “Vino al Vino, terzoviaggio” from ArnoldoMondadori, 1976. Mr.Mario Soldati called the “Greco di Bianco wine” from Presidentedella Corte d’AssiseFerdinando who had yet an attentive historic guest through a historic meeting-interview and then culminating with the sublime tasting that deeply inspired the writer.
The reins of the company are in the hands of his nephew of the same name, Ferdinand Lelasi, a producer that goes with the times and is aware of the value and potential of his sweetpassito liquor which has been nourished by the values and teachings that Lelasi handed down through the generations. For first must come the love for the Ionian town and then the desire to recover the town’s socio-economic development. The whitepassito liquor from the Province of Reggio Calabria has been recognized as product D.O.C in 1980 together with the Moscato di Siracusaconsidered one of the most ancient wines in Italy. Made from a grape believed brought to the Ionian shores by the Greeks in the seventh century BC whilst in the middle of the settlement movement that led the great civilizations of Ancient Greece.
The Ferdinand LelasiCellars were born in 2004 and in the name they make a homage to the magistrate that for three decades since the beginning in the 50s were the authoritative guardian of the family tradition as well as the author of a new course to introduce the autochthonous Mantonico (which will give rise to the homonymous passito), and for their commitment to the productive and social development which ultimately leads to adherence to the CACIB (cooperativaagricolaionicabianchese).
But the Lelasi family name is linked to the production of “Greco di Bianco” wine since the century of the Unification of Italy. While in the twentieth century starting in the 20s is the lawyerDomenicoLelasithat gives the production a stable physiognomy laying the new foundations for the future.
It is understood that for Ferdinand Lelasi the “Greco di Bianco” is a personal and family pride, tempered by the respect and gratitude of the incomparable land that is the source of a real uniqueness of the wine.
Not by chance Ferdinand Lelasi defines the passito as a “jewel” wine that impassioned also his ancestors and is striking proof that past and present can ‘touch’ each other with this singular discovery produced in the cellar where he had gone to fix oak barrels. A label with the words “Greek wine”, and then another with the inscription ‘mantonico’ on a blue background and an evocative date of 1897.
‘Nectar of the Gods’ with this connotation is how the Greco di Bianco wine is known. With a high alcoholic strength of 14°+1 and sweet, harmonious, soft, warm and with colours that go from the yellow to the golden amber, the passito is a wine served cold that goes well with cheeses and sweet pastries. The land of the cellars are located in CerasellaRoad where they enjoy a unique exposure to the warm sun, the vineyards however grow above a layer of white clay and are usually harvested between September and October when they are left to dry before starting the production process.
The production of Lelasi Cellars now stands at 4,000 litres completely aimed for a niche demand from sommeliers and specialised tastings in domestic markets and abroad. The future of the Greco di Bianco is in the hands of the producers who have gathered today in Megale Hellas, an association in which Ferdinand LIelasi who’s also a journalist believes and trusts at the development and regeneration of the D.O.C territory.