Over time, Menfi has attracted the interest of winegrowers, thanks to its position along the Mediterranean coast from sandy soils that reaches up to the middle hill with calcareous soils, a small ecosystem considered a frontier place for wines: mineral whites that taste of sea and wind and intense reds that arise in the hills of the hinterland. The cultivation of vines here was already well developed at the time of the Greek-Megarian colonization of Selinunte and today has given prominence to autochthonous varieties (Inzolia, Catarratto, Grecanico, Nero d'Avola) and international (Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot).
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The defined geographical area covers the entire administrative territory of the Municipality of Menfi, part of the administrative territories of the Municipalities of Sciacca and Sambuca di Sicilia in the province of Agrigento and part of the administrative territory of the Municipality of Castelvetrano in the province of Trapani.
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The soils of the production area are mainly regosuols, consisting of clayey rocks reacting from neutral to alkaline; brown soils with up to 35% clay, sub-alkaline reaction; lithosols on calcareous tuff of good fertility, sometimes with low phosphoric content, electives for the vine; vertisuoli, clay soils, poor in organic matter, sub-alkaline reaction; Mediterranean red soils, clay - sandy sub-alkaline reaction; fresh, deep, slightly alkaline alluvial soils; brown soils, soils with little clay, rich in potassium and poor in other nutrients. The climate of the area is typically Mediterranean with rainfall concentrated in autumn - winter. The position is mostly flat, while the hilly area represents about 30% of the territory of the D.O.C. Menfi.
The denomination of controlled origin "Menfi", is reserved to the following wines that meet the conditions and requirements set out in this production specification: White, also in late harvest, passito and superior types; Red, also in the types passito and riserva; Rosato; White sparkling wine; Rosé sparkling wine.
The recognition of the DOC comes in 1995, today about ten companies in total but only two of these use the name. The wineries present in the territory of Menfi are: Cantine Settesoli, Cantine Barbera, Planeta, Tenuta Stoccatello, Serra Ferdinandea, Gurra di Mare, Lanzara, Marchesi di Rampingallo, Scirocco, Masseria del Carboj, Agareni, Montalbano and Casa Mirabile.