Valle dell’Acate is in Feudo Biddini, in Ragusa province, an important archaeological site, where a Greek necropolis was discovered. A significant cultural history permeates the natural heritage. Grape rows branch off for seventy hectares between the sinuous hills designed by Dirillo river, called Achates by the Romans.
It was Giuseppe Jacono that started wine production, opening the winery at the end of XIX century, when Vittoria was in Sicily the most active center of Frappato wine export toward the French market. In 1981 Giuseppe Jacono Jr, father of Gaetana Jacono, today at the head of the company, started Valle dell’Acate to continue wine production based on south-eastern Sicily native grapes. Turning point and subsequent specialized delights of the production are the Cerasuolo di Vittoria, unique DOCG in Sicily, and Frappato DOC di Vittoria, applauded by the oenological critics as the best Frappato in Sicily.
In 1996 Gaetana Jacono joined the company to foster the international sales and develop plans to make Ragusa territory with its prestigious varietals widely known. Gaetana wanted to continue the family tradition and accomplish important tasks in sustainability and to produce organic wines that revealed the authentic expression of the soil and the character of the territory of Ragusa. With the cooperation of the enologist Carlo Casavecchia, Valle dell’Acate’s Il Frappato di Vittoria DOC was recognized as “the best in Sicily” and praised by wine critics. In January 2013 Gaetana became Brand Ambassador of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG and of the territory of Ragusa.