The entrepreneurial project headed by Funaro siblings Tiziana, Clemente and Giacomo began in 2003, when they decided to capitalize on the grapes grown in the family vineyard for the past three generations, personally seeing to the production and surrounding themselves with motivated and competent coworkers who make up the current workforce at the Funaro vintner. Alessandro manages the eco-friendly commercial farm and welcomes guests to the winery; Stefano, Totò, Castrenze, Pietro, Pietrino, Salvatore, Gino and Fabio skilfully care for each single vine and each olive tree; capitalizing on his expertise Rosario, known as Sasà, transforms the grapes into fine wine and oversees the whole production process up to the bottling; Pippo, Calogero and Giacomo, known as Giacomino, assist Rosario in the winery, unloading the grapes which have been gathered and seeing to the whole production process; Mario skilfully organizes the Italian sales network; Tiziana sees to the company management and the fiscal issues; Clemente personally oversees the foreign market, promoting the wines and, above all, the company philosophy. And, last but not least, Giacomo coordinates this likeminded and close-knit team. To us, fine wine is the fruit of constructive benchmarking and sound cooperation between all team members.
The commercial farm extends for 85 hectares of farmland and is divided between vineyards (60 hectares), olive orchards (15 hectares), arable land, vegetable plots, fruit orchards and areas of environmental compensation. It is situated in the province of Trapani between the towns of Salemi and Santa Ninfa, in an area specialized in wine production located from 150 to 450 meters above sea level. Here we cultivate various types of grapes with commitment and dedication: both autochthonous varieties such as Inzolia, Cataratto, Grillo, Zibibbo, Nero d’Avola and Perricone, as well as international such as Chardonnay, Muller Thurgau, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The olive orchards are located at 450 meters above sea level, in the territory of Santa Ninfa, in an area particularly suited to the production of extra virgin olive oil, that is, the Valle del Belice. The bodies of water in the estate guarantee water supply to the vineyards, particularly during dry years, in order to ensure high-quality levels. Our grapes are harvested by hand so as not to harm the vines and in order to select the best grapes.