Tanca Nica is an incredibly exciting project on the Italian island of Pantelleria that floats between Sicily and Tunisia.
The project was founded by Sardinian native Nicoletta Pecorelli and Pantelleria native Francesco Ferreri. “Tanca” in the local Pantesco dialect means “small hilly land arranged in terraces in which vines grow” and “Nica” means “the place where the thermal waters emerge from the seabed and mix with the Mediterranean blue”—how’s that for linguistic bang-for-buck!
The island’s volcanic soils are made up of pumice (soki soki) and fragments of volcanic eruptions (lapilli) to create a fertile and mineral-rich terroir. Nicoletta and Francesco biodynamically farm 2ha of Zibibbo, Pignatello and Catarratto which produces a minuscule 333 cases per year!
A truly unique and exciting project producing singular and expressive wines of time, place and circumstance.