This winery was founded around 1850 by a Senator of the Royal Parliament, baron Felice Spitaleri di Muglia. Felice Spitaleri was very fond of Burgundy and Bordeaux wines. He was a very wealthy entrepreneur and he had very high relationships all over Europe. When he decided to invest his land on the western slopes of Mount Etna, under vines, he hired enologists and agronomists from Bordeaux and Burgundy and planted Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and several italian grapes variety such as Nebbiolo, Grignolino, Sangiovese, Barbera, Pinot Bianco, Moscato and Nerello Mascalese. He was the first sicilian grower who bottled dry wines and probably the first bottler of Bordeaux blend and Pinot Noir in Italy. During the last decades of 19th century he won several awards in London, Paris, Bruxelles, Wien and Berlin for all the wines, especially for the "Champagne", a wine obtained from Pinot Bianco grapes grown at 1200 meters above sea level. The last vintage was probably 1905/06 because phylloxera destroyed everything except a small parcel - about 200-300 vines - on a very sandy terrace at 1000 meters above sea level: Grignolino, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese. His direct descendant Arnaldo Spitaleri decided to replant the same way as his ancestor did, by regrafting the 160 years old vines shoots on american rootstocks. Now they have about 15 hectares of vineyards planted between 800 and 1000 meters above sea level on the classic black volcanic sands soils on dry stone walls terraces, with the old greek bush training system with density ranging from 10000 to 20000 vines per hectare. The first bottlings are a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, called Castello Solicchiata, and a pure Pinot Noir called Sant'Elia.