Castello Cardinale: Liafador Winery (Sicily, Italy)

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Castello Cardinale (Sicily Italy)

Castillo Cardinale
Castillo Cardinale

Castello Cardinale (Castle Cardinal) has been owned by the Liafador Family since the mid-1900's and is located in Sicily, Italy along its the rolling hills and is the second headquarters of the Liafador family winery (first being Malaga). The 14 room boutique is surrounded by the seven-thousand-acre vineyard, sloping gently down from the fortress like articeture to just a couple of miles from the city itself. With exposed stone arches, vaulted ceilings and sturdy timber beams, the castle stands tall and ready for visitors from all over the world, preserved and restored with a few modern twists, kept up by the wealth the Liafador Winery has brought in over the years.

Relaxation and calming atmosphere surrounds the entire castle, in fact, it is known that many of the Liafador family members come to the Estate to escape their busy lives every once in a while.

The main body of the castle is where guests take up residence within one of the 14 rooms. Each of them fully furnished with a large king size bead, Egyptian silk sheets with a small living room area and a balcony with breath taking views of the vineyard and mountains that surround them.

(Please note there are special rooms along the estate that are specifically only for the Liafador use.)

Swimming Pool

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The salt water pool sits along the edge of the the housing estate lines, looking out at the vineyard with the gentle Italian sun kissing your skin. The pool is accessible only to hotel guests, however it can be closed off to the guests if the Liafador family choose to live/visit the location.

Full wine service by the pool is complimentary for hotel guests. The pool is open for guests from 6am to 11pm. There are no life guards on duty so if you have little ones who cannot swim, be sure to keep them away from the pool.

Library

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The Liafador Estate also has a library filled with books from all over the world. Novels of fiction and non-fiction litter the shelves of the quiet and calming room with windows that look out to the vineyard. Grab a glass of wine and relax with a good book in your hands as the natural Italian surroundings sooth your overworked body. The Library also holds a couple of working desks with computers set up for those who just cannot escape work life even while on vacation. For those who prefer to read outside there is a small balcony connected to the library so you can enjoy the cool Italian air as you read.

Le Nascondiglio

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Balcony dining
Balcony dining

La Nascondiglio is a restaurant that was transformed from an old wine cellar and is open for all guests from 6am to 12am. From full traditional Italian meals to light appetizers are served all day. All Liafador Wines are also accessible here including wines from the main winery in Malaga Spain. For those who are wondering if the food is actually decent at a winery, fear not, the small restaurant has been tested by food critics all around the world and has been given the five star seal of approval. Or if you do not wish to eat inside, you can go outside along the balcony for a breath taking view of the vineyard.

Courtyard dining
Courtyard dining

But if you want a more romantic setting you can eat outside in the courtyard and enjoy the view of the castle. Outside you can also find live Italian music from local musicians in Sicily.

Vinery

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The Liafador estate extends along the southern slopes of the township of Sicily across 7,100 acres of land; one third of the property is under specialized vine and the balance is shared between olive groves, wheat fields, plum trees, truffle stands, forest and scrub.

In addition to the two traditional varietals of the area, Sangiovese e Moscadello, plantings of the principal noble varietals are perfectly integrated in this exceptional environment.

The soils are extremely rich and uniform, structured with clay and calcium which favor the optimal growth conditions for the vine and complexity in red wines, which the wealth of stones and organic matter render the aromatic profile of our white wines with classic minerality.

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Recognizing the redoubtable value and potential of this terrain, for over thirty years the Liafadors have undertaken research and studies focusing on the principal red varietals, especially Sangiovese, in collaboration with some of Italy’s most important universities.

Tours of the vineyards are available for visitors and will be guided by one of the many Cardinal workers.

Tasting

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Our Wine Bar recreates the atmosphere of a true Sicilian wine shop where, alongside our estate still and sparkling wines, grappa, extra virgin olive oil and Salsa Etrusca, you will find numerous local artisan food and crafts.

Here, surrounded by the imposing views of the adjacent Castello, you will have the opportunity to taste outstanding local sheep’s cheese and classic local Sicilian specialty dishes to our estate wines.

The building lies below the castle itself, once serving as a wine cellar of sorts in medieval times and being built up over the ensuing centuries. Inside, you can find Castillo Cardinale wines from both the Malaga and Sicily estate which can be purchased by the bottle, case or in various gift packs.

Pets are not allowed. (With the exception of Liafador pets and service dogs)

Aging

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Wood in an important protagonist in the crucial aging process for fine wine. This phase is essential and crucial for the birth of great wines and in particular those made from selected grapes, richer and more structured.

To improve upon this process, Liafador undertook intensive research on wood, studying the selection of the trees, the aging, and the toasting process.

It is for this reason, in a continual pursuit of excellence, that the choice of wood is focused on the use of French oak: we start with the choice of the tree, the growth of which is strictly regulated in the prestigious Allier, Nevers, Fontainebleau and Tronçais forests of France’s Massif Central.

Once the staves are split, they are aged on the Castello Cardinel estate: the wood will be exposed to all weather conditions for two years in an ample area, stacked in heptagon form to guarantee a homogenous and constant qualitative evolution and seasoning.

Once the wood is fully seasoned and assembled into barrels, it is time for the toasting: the temperature is lower than that usually used and lasts for a longer period of time compared to normal techniques, avoiding charring and obtaining more uniform results. The innovative nature of this process lies in keeping in mind the final composition of the wood from the moment the toasting process is chosen: this permits careful management of the many variables involved.

Horizon

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Horizon represents a production philosophy that, together with the unique nature of our Sicilian soils, allows us to obtain an optimal expression of Sangiovese. It is a Liafador style, authentic and original, made possible thanks to years of research on clonal selection, soil studies, the careful selection of vineyard sites and the vines to grow there, and other high level solutions in both vineyard and winery.

The grapes, carefully selected and harvested only by hand, arrive at the winery in ideal condition. The manual selection of the bunches is then followed by selection of the individual grapes, an intense process that guarantees the exclusive use of raw materials that are in absolutely perfect condition.

The true revolution is embodied in the tanks, hybrid construction using stainless steel and wood, where fermentation takes place. From this unique and inventive fusion of materials, Liafador captures the advantages of each. The Horizon vinification area is completely visible to our visitors thanks to comfortable architectural solutions such as a bridge allowing passage above the entire vinification process.

This innovative fermentation area guarantees wine making that exalts the unique characteristics of these grapes and this territory. The hybrid fermentation tanks allow for optimal temperature control as well as other aspects of fermentation, assuring the end result of wines that are less astringent, less bitter, and softer.

If the soul of Horizon is in the vineyards, the winery is without a doubt its very heart. Designed to preserve and highlight the integrity of the best grapes, the winery represents the ultimate expression of Horizon, a unique and authentic production style that designates new horizons for the wines of Liafador.

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  • This is the Liafador Family Wine Estate however other's are more than welcome to visit Castello Cardinale if they have the money to do so.
  • No attacks (passive and aggressive) on the estate, it's guests and workers without permission. This is meant to be more of a relaxing location for your characters, not a battle arena.
  • Rooms that belong specifically to the Liafador family are not filled with secrets, those are at the Palace :P Keep your ninja gear at home.
  • If people MUST battle it out for reasons, please do so with minimalestate damage. However this location is also filled with workers who are Cardinals. If you must fight, the workers won't run away, they will engage in battle to stop you. Note Cardinals are highly trained warriors who are extremely loyal to the Liafador family, they're not couch potatoes, please sell them properly.
  • Any massive damage to the estate will be ignored if not granted permission first.
  • Also normal rpg rules apply which can be found here
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Only took me three months but BAM! here it is!

Got lazy towards the end but... I might add more later

no I wont

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Nicely written, bella. I remember posts from you alluding to this thread eventually being dropped, glad to see it has :)

I'll swing by soon.

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Good work!

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Amazing job!

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It's hard to see the word romantic in a Zeon post >____>

Lol, jokes aside, amazing job, Nova =)

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Ooooooooooooooooooo >.>

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@daniel_savage: you were never around when The Assassin and Zeon were a couple, Zeon can be romantic lol.

She just hasn't found anyone she likes :P

And thanks everyone! ^_^

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Does it allow hounds?

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@feral_nova: Probably wasn't. Hope she treated the poor dude well lol Nothing like "YOU LEFT THE TOILET SEAT UP, NOW PAY ME WITH YOUR SOUL!" right? =P

But yeah, I'd like to have read that.

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@daniel_savage:

LOL she wasn't like that at all with him xD

@temporal_hound: >_> long as you don't step on someone lol

Btw you still up for Time siphon meeting Tassi? I gots some room now! :D

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@feral_nova: Been meaning to ask: do you have any idea about how the genealogical tree of the Savages is?

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@leonardo_liafador:

This is where you need to throw the party. I want to get wasted on 17th century cabernet.

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@_nox_ said:

This is where you need to throw the party. I want to get wasted on 17th century cabernet.

YES. Absolutely.

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@daniel_savage: you're asking the wrong person LOL. That question goes to Adam/Surkit

@temporal_hound: you can post whenever you like, either here or the Palace, totally up to you. But I won't respond till tonight. Gotta take my nap for work now lol

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@feral_nova: Dang! I wanna know it so I can decide between distant cousin or the younger son of someone.

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@daniel_savage: sorry, I'm just along for the ride. I know nothing about the family aside from those who already created accounts. Anything about extended family or NPC members of the family I have no clue about.

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@feral_nova: Ah, no need to apologize. I only have to ask Surkit, no biggie. Really liked your character (there's Bethe than there's Nancy and we have Shawn and Adam and Orion, but I can't remember your alt's name -_____-) and the whole setup. Living with her mother and all, it's really cool ^____^

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@daniel_savage: LOL thanks and her name is Judith (Judy to her mom and Becka) xD

Looking forward to what you're gonna have set up for Daniel!

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@tassania_pettis

Raeyn sought the older Tassania, having determined that if he encountered both at once the temptation might be far too great. He had time to wait and arrived at the Winery to enjoy a little relaxation while waiting. He left a message with the staff that he was present and wanted to speak with her and then ordered the cheapest wine they had...not because he was a cheap person but because he was not capable of drinking and was planning instead to absorb its temporal line as a light snack. The younger the wine, the longer the line.

Raeyn was seated in one of the reclining chairs at the pool with his Temporal Armor stetson over his face to hide his eyes from the sun. He appeared for all the world to be asleep, but as usual he had no need for sleep either. He placed the ashes of his wine glass and its contents carefully on the table beside the pool chair and waited. You can't just come back in time like that, it messes with shit. They always get that wrong, they think they can fool around with time and not encounter a problem somewhere along the line. I can feel the shift in the time line, changes have already been made and with them a parallel world. So careless these time insensitive beings...

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@daniel_savage: If you want you can set your boy up as a cousin of Shawn's.

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@feral_nova:

Me too =).

It's sort of like being called into the really scary principle's office.

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@feral_nova: Judith! Dammit, I can get names like Orion on the first try but not Judith. Gonna commit suicide, brb!

Eh, nothing much. And please call me Danny Dandy (lol).

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LEAH GON COME GET HAMMMMERRRRED

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@shanana: NO! >_> it took me THREE months to get this up! Don't you dare burn it down! LOL

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@shanana: NO! >_> it took me THREE months to get this up! Don't you dare burn it down! LOL

LMAO...it's time

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@shanana: TIME TO BLOW THE WINERY UP?! NOOOO PLEASE DONT! T_T at least let me have it for a month... Please *clings onto thread*

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@shanana: TIME TO BLOW THE WINERY UP?! NOOOO PLEASE DONT! T_T at least let me have it for a month... Please *clings onto thread*

No I meant to start my idea.

Amazing Job with this BTW!

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@shanana: oh, oh thank god lol I was gonna be super sad LOL

Wait... Your idea? Now I'm super scared >_>

And thanks! :D

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@shanana: oh, oh thank god lol I was gonna be super sad LOL

Wait... Your idea? Now I'm super scared >_>

And thanks! :D

This will be useful in the future.

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@shanana: ...Omg I'm getting so worried over here on what could be going through that head of yours.

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@sentinel_hawk: AAWWWWWWW YEAH!

BTW, I'll respond to your post in a lil' bit. Homework has me down rn.

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@joey_destroyer_of_worlds: NO UNDERAGE DRINKING! >_>

That would be very bad for the Liafador family :P

DANGIT! Ugh, if only my entire character was based off of one main ability to transform into an adult.

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@joey_destroyer_of_worlds: Actually I just looked it up and in Italy it is illegal to sale alcohol to anyone under 18 years old. I'll edit that into the OP later.

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Might drop by with Maverick's CEO.

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@timesiphon:

The warm Italian breeze whistled through her air as Tassi landed ever so softly upon the grounds of her families winery. The sweet smell of the vineyard grapes lingered in the atmosphere from the hundreds of acres of land around her. The entire area was beaming with energy, from the Cardinal’s who were working the estate to the guests who were enjoying the quiet and relaxing surroundings to the vineyard that seemed to never rest. It made the Sapphire Goddess smile, how many times in her childhood had she come to visit this wonderful estate?

But today wasn’t for a simple visit, in fact, she was here to meet with someone, Raeyn. It was a simple message, to meet him at the pool side, interesting location to visit. Her feet began to move her forward, her eyes slowly gliding along the area as she watched as guests enjoyed the fine wines of her family. Tassi wasn’t the biggest fan of wine, mostly because it was very difficult for the effects of alcohol to affect her.

Her feet then seemed to stop on their own, her eyes looking forward at an individual who’s energy level was constantly fluctuating, it was that which was one of a Time Siphon, without question. He was laying in a pool recliner, and while people assumed he was asleep, she knew better. Walking forward towards him her sapphire eyes took a glance at the small pile of dust resting at little table before they fixated back to him. “I hope that was to your liking.” The young Goddess smiled, stopping just a few feet away before him with the pool to her back. “Raeyn, you look different from the last time I saw you.” How many times had Raeyn been resurrected? She knew Raeyn through Maya, who was part of the team S.T.R.I.K.E, and in her timeline, had even worked alongside with Raeyn a couple of times. “Tassiana Pettis,” she introduced herself, reaching out to the Time Siphon for a handshake. “but it seems you already know who I am.” Her voice was soft and sweet, almost welcoming to anyone who spoke to her while the energy she was currently radiating was warm and bright that could be felt throughout the winery.

“Would you like to speak somewhere more private? Or do you prefer to be here by the pool? It is a very lovely view.” She couldn’t help but glance over to the surrounding vineyards for a moment, appreciating the world around them.