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Hello Ta' Betta! Former University Rector embarks on a new wine-making adventure
The wines are even named after some historically famous locals

Jillian Mallia

Situated in the lush green surroundings of Girgenti in Siggiewi, Ta’ Betta Wine Estates are newly open for business! And despite being a new name on the market, Ta’ Betta already has 12 years of research experience in the sommelier business, getting the estate ready for its big moment!

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Ta' Betta Wine Estates / Facebook

Juanito Camilleri, the University of Malta’s former rector, and his wife Astrid gave life to the Ta’ Betta project back in 2002 after Patrick Xerri, the estate’s viticulturalist, introduced them to Vincenzo Melia. Together, they embarked on a journey to fulfil their dream of making fine wines with personality.

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Ta' Betta Wine Estates / Facebook

About the stunning estates

The estate is actually named after their daughter, Bettina, who was born a few months before the project began. The logo also depicts a girl reaching out to a vine, possibly to a future in wine making!

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Ta' Betta Wine Estates / Facebook

In 2003, after an extensive embellishment and some TLC, the first vines imported from France started to be planted, going on to be harvested for the first time in 2006, kicking off the wine making journey at Ta’ Betta.

The first of the estate wines were launched on the market this year, with the benefit of 12 years of research experience, and samples of as many years of vintages in the owner’s private cellar.

The main attraction

After more than two decades of planning and attention to detail, Ta’ Betta brings us three wines, all embodying the estate’s philosophy based on authenticity and sincerity. And in keeping with authenticity and tradition, the three wines are named after famous people in Maltese history, giving them life and character.

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Ta' Betta Wine Estates / Facebook

1. Jean Parisot – The Tenacious

“This oak-fermented Chardonnay, produced against all odds, is a complex wine which conveys apricot, white fig and vanilla to balance the acidity and alcohol.”

2. Antonio Manoel – The Opulent

“This opulent blend of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon typically conveys cassis, strawberry and red forest-fruit, with undertones of chocolate and caramel.”

3. Philippe Villiers – The Robust

“This robust blend of Syrah with Cabernet Franc typically conveys forest-fruit on the nose with undertones of tobacco black and bell pepper.”

How gorgeous are the the new Ta' Betta Wine Estates? You can organise a visit or tour of the estate by appointment.

27th June 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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