Tenuta Rapitalà

Rapitalà, much like Sicily itself, is a mosaic of influences that comes together to create its unique identity. A marriage of Sicilian soul and French know-how, Rapitalà showcases the power and personality of Sicilian terroir with an elegant, French winemaking style.

In 1968, the French-born Count Hugues Bernard de la Gatinais, and his wife, Gigi Guarrasi from Palermo, inherited this estate from the Guarrasi family after it was destroyed by an earthquake. The winery was soon rebuilt and vineyards were replanted to include not only indigenous varieties, but beloved French varieties as well. At the forefront of the quality revolution in Sicily, Rapitalà was one of the first five producers on the island to offer estate bottled wines, starting with the 1976 vintage.

Today, Rapitala’s over 550 contiguous acres are divided into 180 unique vineyard parcels. Each parcel is managed, harvested and vinified separately, crafting optimal terroir expressions. As a result, Rapitalà has one of the longest harvest seasons, starting in August and ending in November, to ensure that each variety and parcel is picked at the right moment.

The work, started by Hugues de la Gatinais and his wife Gigi, is now carried on by their son, Laurent, with the same care and passion. He oversees Rapitala’s continuing mission to integrate and improve sustainable practices and new technologies into the property in order to achieve the purest expression of this region’s distinct terroir. Pushing beyond sustainability, Rapitalà is starting to certify some of its vineyards as organic.

Rapitalà’s Laurent de la Gatinias talks about the location, history and culture of Sicily’s Tenuta Rapitalà set in the hills of Camporeale, south of Palermo.

Current Selections

  • Grillo Sicilia D.O.C.

    Grillo Sicilia D.O.C.

    Terroir: The Rapitalà Grillo is selected from vineyards sitting between 900 and 1300 feet, high on the slopes of the Rapitalà estate. Vines are tr ...

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  • Piano Maltese Terre Siciliane I.G.T.

    Piano Maltese Terre Siciliane I.G.T.

    Grillo and Cataratto grapes give this wine fresh Mediterranean scents and a savory, elegant flavor with a typical hint of bitter almonds. Piano Maltes ...

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  • Vigna Casalj Alcamo Classico D.O.C.

    Vigna Casalj Alcamo Classico D.O.C.

    Casalj Rabitallavi was the ancient name of the Rapitalà estate and referred to 555 acres of Camporeale at 1,000-2,000 feet above sea level. The vin ...

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  • Grand Cru Chardonnay Sicilia I.G.T.

    Grand Cru Chardonnay Sicilia I.G.T.

    Tenuta Rapitalà’s Grand Cru is a fine expression of the character of the estate. The selected parcels feature the estate’s oldest vines, planted ...

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  • Campo Reale Sicilia D.O.C.

    Campo Reale Sicilia D.O.C.

    Nero d’Avola vinified on its own gives this wine an exciting red color, an aroma of ripe fruit and a typical, deep, balanced flavor. Campo Reale, na ...

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  • Nuhar Nero d’Avola/Pinot Nero Sicilia D.O.C.

    Nuhar Nero d’Avola/Pinot Nero Sicilia D.O.C.

    Nuhar, meaning flower, is sourced from parcels located in the heart of the vineyard. Here, vines grow on clay soils, sheltered from the wine, and in f ...

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  • Alto Nero d'Avola Sicilia D.O.C.

    Alto Nero d'Avola Sicilia D.O.C.

    Alto Nero d'Avola represents the newest release from Tenuta Rapitalà. This single vineyard wine is an elegant expression of Sicily's most important ...

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  • Nadir Syrah Sicilia D.O.C.

    Nadir Syrah Sicilia D.O.C.

    On Rapitala’s vineyard slope, at 1,000-1,300 feet of elevation, dark clay soils alternate with tufaceous sand. This is the source for the Syrah dest ...

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  • Hugonis Cabernet Sauvignon/Nero d’Avola Sicilia I.G.T.

    Hugonis Cabernet Sauvignon/Nero d’Avola Sicilia I.G.T.

    Hugonis with its powerful and austere style is the most prized product of Tenuta Rapitalà, the legacy wine. The seal of Hugonis Bernardi – a knight ...

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