Menfi

Menfi is located in the Valle del Belìce, on fertile and hospitable lands cultivated by the Sicani people since the 8th century BC.

Occupied by the Greek colons of Selinunte around the 5th century, the territory of Menfi was inhabited by the Romans, the Arabs and the Normans in the following centuries. In 1239, Emperor Frederick II of Swabia erected a fortified castle on the remains of the ancient Arab farmhouse of Burgimilluso, which ruins are still visible today in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele.

Around the Castle, the Aragona Tagliavia Pignatelli family, who in 1518 obtained permission to found the city from King Charles V of Spain, built the first urban center of Menfi. Since then, the village has undergone constant expansion until the early 1900s, when the old farmhouses were replaced by new buildings enriched with porticoes and balconies decorated with ceramic coverings.

In 1968, the city suffered considerable damage due to the earthquake that devastated the Valle del Belice, the signs of which are still visible in the urban structure.

 

Today Menfi is a predominantly agricultural center, distinguished by a splendid rural landscape that rolls from the hills to sea level, where golden sandy beaches unravel for kilometers along a large gulf of unspoiled beauty.

Olive oil and wine have always been the main products of a flourishing and sustainable agriculture.

The connection between wine and the history of Menfi is very ancient: Stefano di Bisanzio places the location of the ancient city of Inycon in the Menfi area, emphasizing the excellence of its wines, which have constituted a fundamental economic resource for the inhabitants over the centuries.

Viticulture is the primary activity for Menfi and the neighboring towns of Santa Margherita di Belìce, Montevago and Sambuca: their communities constitute today the district of "Terre Sicane", having established the homonymous Wine Route in 2001.

The main wine grapes cultivated in Menfi - Catarratto, Inzolia and Grecanico - derive from ancient Greek varieties. The vineyards has undergone a radical renewal thanks to the development of some other indigenous varieties such as Nero d'Avola and Grillo, and to the introduction of many international grapes, which production is ruled by the Menfi DOC Appellation created in 1995.

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