Mount. Etna, wine region in Sicily | Wine And Food Traveller

My favorite wine region. Mount Etna. Sicily.

​On our recent trip to Sicily, (November 2019) we were lucky enough to spend 4 days around the  Mt Etna wine region, and in my opinion, it is one of the most amazing wine regions in Italy I have ever visited. The micro-climates, volcanic soils and harsh terrain make for some really interesting wines.The wineries range from ancient and using traditional methods, thru to some serious monetary investments, with the latest technology in modern architecturally stunning wineries. Growing grapes in the rugged terrain and climate of the volcanic region is tough, but the locals roll with the punches! One thing is common in all, their hospitality and pride. Mt Etna’s reputation as a quality wine region is growing internationally, and joining a wine and food tour to explore this incredible region of Sicily  should be on every wine lovers bucket list. The history is fascinating, the wines are stunning, and the people are salt of the earth.

In 1988 Giuseppe Benanti a Catania businessman set out to utilise family owned vineyards around Trescastagni on the Eastern and Southeastern side of the mountain with the aim of improving overall quality and illustrating Etna’s promise and Mt Etna’s wine reputation.

Mt Etna Wines.

Benanti partnered with consulting enologist Salvo Foti who went on to become the Godfather of winemaking on the mountain & today  produces his own I Vigneri  wines but he has also worked with many small family vineyards transitioning from making wines mainly for private consumption as well as with larger operations establishing outposts on Etna. Other local families were doing similar work in the 1990s though generally with less overall success or recognition for the efforts had the time I’m among them were the historic Barone Di villagrande Estates Nicolosi family and brothers Guglio and Enzo Cambria of Cottanera.

wines from Benanti
The endeavours of these pioneers along with outstanding results of Cornelissen, de Grazia & Franchetti have generated outside interest in Etna, with the likes of Planeta, Tasca d’Almerita, and Donnafugata joining the Etna entourage.
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Terrain of Mt Etna.
The Etna DOC covers around 960 hectares on 3 sides of the volcanic cone, and there are about 285 wine producers. The most commonly produced form of Etna wine is the standard Etna Rosso, a red made predominantly from the Nerello Mascalese grape variety with up to a 20 percent addition of Nerello Cappucio (also known here as Nerello Mantellato). Its bianco (white) counterpart is composed of at least 60 percent Carricante backed up by Sicily’s most widely planted white grape, Cataratto and a host of minor additions including Trebbiano. There is also a relatively rare rosato (rosé)  also based on Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Capuccio.
Mt Etna Wines.
Whilst there it is a must to do a jeep trip to the highest point on Mt Etna, and view what the Lava has done over the the past 500 years. Our tour spends a couple of days in this region, and  i  am taking a group of wine lovers back there in early 2021. If you are interested give me a call. Follow my blog, Postcards from Sicily
The following images are a small sample of the stunning wines that are being produced in the Mt Etna  region.

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