Catrina and Lorenzo Miceli acquired Sugame in 2000 and, along with their three children, have brought Sugame to life, fulfilling the needs of today while still maintaining its rich echoes from the past.
Sugame was already an agriturismo enterprise with the same nine apartments and the same vineyards. They arrived in the freezing month of February with one toddler and one baby on the way, nine unfurnished, shabby apartments and arrivals for the apartments due in April.
A fairly daunting task ahead but over the eighteen years they have been here, they have renovated the apartments bit by bit, restored the cantina, put in a swimming pool, built a new entrance and road from the other side and landscaped the grounds.
Crucially, they have converted the wine and olive oil production to organic. No chemicals are used either on the land or in the winery. Ther organic certification became an offical addition to their label in 2002.
The wine used to be stored in enormous wooden vats (now stainless steel). These were dismantled inside the cantina as they were to big to pass through the door. They had them cleaned up and transformed into kitchen surfaces and tables for six of the apartments. Nearly all of the bathrooms are new. Each apartment now has its own external ‘space’, a terrace or veranda, patio or garden.
Heart and soul, toil and labour have gone into making Sugame what it is today. Lorenzo and Catrina continue to maintain the high standards that they set and Sugame now glows with warmth, hard work, and a sense of family togetherness and well being.