Aleatico is a sweet red wine, usually served as a dessert wine. Its alcohol content is about 16% and it is made from 100% Aleatico grapes, a grape varietal that is probably Greek in origin, which came to Elba thanks to the Romans. The Aleatico wine is still produced as was in the past: grapes are carefully picked and left to wilt in the sun and the light September breeze. For centuries, it has been the drink that Elba’s families offer to their guests as well as being the perfect wine for any celebration.
The unique climate, soil and atmosphere on Elba Island make the Aleatico a very special wine. It is mostly cultivated on sunny terraced hills. The Aleatico vine grows over 32 hectares on Elba and over 3 hectares on the island of Capraia. The harvested grapes are usually put out to dry in the sun and in the shade for a period that varies between 10 to 15 days, depending on climate conditions.