History


The Origins


It was 1968 when Hugues Bernard, Count de la Gatinais, born in Saint-Malo in France in 1940, and a French navy officer for eight years, married Gigi Guarrasi, descendent of one of Palermo’s great families.The couple embarked on an exciting, intrepid adventure, modernizing of the cellars destroyed by the earthquake in the Valle del Belice.

The Count’s main interest was varietal and farming conversion of the vineyards,and three decades ago he began to add venerable French varieties alongside his native vines.

Now the project initiated by Hugues de la Gatinais and his wife Gigi is pursued by their son Laurent, with the same care and passion.

Rapitalà is one of Sicily’s most prestigious wineries and the undisputed star of the island’s renewed winemaking scenario.