The Solicchiata castle was built a few kilometers outside the town of Adrano, in the province of Catania, around 1875 at the behest of Baron Spitaleri who intended to build a building for rural use in the Solicchiata district. It became an important industry for the production of wine, the so-called "Solicchiata wine".
The architecture refers to the medieval style, the castle is built in lava stone, surrounded by a moat and accessible via a drawbridge.
Castello Solicchiata History
Castello Solicchiata is to be remembered as the first Bordeaux blend of Italy vinified with the French method. In 1855, Baron Felice Spitaleri di Muglia planted Etna between 800 and 1,000 meters in height, in the Solicchiata fiefdom, in large volcanic terraces, the Bordeaux vines Cabernet franc Merlot and Cabernet sauvignon, the same ones that still produce this important wine.
Solicchiata Castle received the first prize at the London Exhibition in 1888, the Great Diploma of Honor and Gold Medal in Palermo in 1889, Vienna 1890, Berlin 1892, Brussels 1893, Milan 1894 and was the first official supply of the Real House of Italy. Baron Spitaleri had the privilege of being able to raise the royal coat of arms on the said castle for the oenological progress of the Kingdom of Italy. He was also among the first producers of champagne in Italy, with Champagne Etna, and by far the first producer of Italian cognac, with Cognac Etna.
Castello Solicchiata remains, the most awarded Italian wine at international and universal competitions of the 19th century and still to this day, it boasts the primacy of the most awarded Italian winery in the world at national and international wine competitions.