Prince Edward County
Pasquale (Pat) Del-Gatto is a fourth generation winemaker, hailing from Santa Croce, a small town of about 4000 in southern Italy, approximately 75km north of Napoli. Pat's great-grandfather was the town's winemaker. All the townspeople would bring in their grapes to be processed and made into wine. Old world winemaking skills and secrets were handed down to Pat's grandfather and then to his father. Since the first plantings in 2002, Del-Gatto Estates has evolved into a grower of cool-climate grape varieties. The disease resistant and cold hardy vineyard produces small case lots of exclusive, premium quality white, rosé; and red wines. Aged ports continue to be a sold out item, as are the full-bodied Baco Noir and Leon Millot. Pat's winemaking philosophy is intuitive, thoughtful and rich with the history of his family. The result is a wine with character; memorable and distinctly Italian. His Nonno [Grandfather] would be proud.