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The Sicilian wines have recently become all the rage, and the wines of Porta del Vento go a long way to explain why. A certified organic estate that also employs biodynamic growing protocol, Porta del Vento, or “Gate of the Wind” in English, sits at 600 feet above sea level in Valdibella in the province of Palermo. The name of the estate should give an inkling to the unique terroir of Porta del Vento--it’s high, scrubby, sunny, windy, hot and dry land. But beyond all of nature’s gifts (grapes do best when challenged a lot), this ten-acre estate employs some serious labor. Human hands dig the soil because machinery is too damaging to the local biodiversity, and likewise, hands pick the grapes used to make the estate’s wines.