Vulcano : ANCESTREL / Gaurab Thakali / Turi Marino

We have brought together two friends of Ancestrel, Illustrator Gaurab Thakali, and Winemaker Turi Marino to work alongside one another to produce our newest Sicilian offering. A triptych of wines, with labels to match. Taken from a representation of Mount Etna’s eruption, split across three wines all grown on Sicilian soil. 

Gaurab Thakali is a South-East London-based illustrator. His vibrant and energetic work utilises a wide spectrum of mediums, from screen-printing to painting and digital illustration. In recent years his work has been seen on pages of The New Yorker and New York Times, with commissions from Adidas, Carharrt, Converse, and Boiler Room adding to his already wide list of clients. Turi Marino is a Pachino, Sicily-based winemaker with a traditional touch. Focusing largely on local varieties, with a commitment to the region’s soil and the balance of nature. From five generations of winemakers, Turi has always known the phrase “wine is made in the vineyard” and this is an ethos he carries with him to this day. His vines are planted as freestanding bushes and are only cared for and cultivated using the most natural methods. Salvatore adopts a non-interventionist approach in the cellar, crafting artisanal wines with plenty of character. 

The Vulcano range was born from the idea of having approachable wines that can adapt to any occasion represented by indigenous Sicilian varieties. Turi uses only certified seasoned organic manure to fertilise the vineyard, the grapes are hand-harvested, ripe and whole, destemmed and crushed before fermenting with indigenous yeasts. Bottled in the spring following the harvest. The result is three wines – Vulcano Bianco, a blend of Moscato and Inzolia, Vulcano Chiaro, 100% Frappato with a light touch and Vulcano Rosso, a classic Nero d’Avola.All three are available online now.