Isola del Satiro is made by Alcesti, a family-owned and operated winery located in Marsala, in the Trapani growing region of Sicily. Gianfranco Paladino runs the estate today, handling everything from winemaking to logistics, with his parents still helping in the vineyards and his sister, Valeria, taking care of the administration. For multiple generations, the Paldinos grew grapes on their land that they initially sold to large wineries in the Trapani region. Gianfranco started his career as an engineer, but being born and raised in a family with deep roots in wine-growing, he desired to return to his origins. After years of planning, the family completed the construction of their own winery in 2002 and produced their first vintage the following year. Gianfranco’s interest in conservation and the family’s great respect for the environment guided their decision to farm their grapes organically. Today, the family farms 30ha of grapes between Marsala, Mazara, and Salemi, all of which are certified organic. Grapes are harvested by hand and undergo fermentation and aging in stainless steel, sulfite additions are kept very low, and some wines are made with indigenous yeasts. The Paladino’s are a family who love their land and their origins and have chosen to honor the splendid Sicilian terroir through their honestly crafted wines.