Sicilian Wine

 

Wine grapes have always grown on the Italian island of Sicily. Some say it was Dionysus, the god of wine, who planted them there himself. The Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine, balanced rainfall, hilly terrain and soils made rich by Mount Etna’s ash all create the perfect conditions for quality agriculture. Ancient civilizations were producing wine on the island as far back as the 17th century BC. The Greeks arrived some time around 8 BC, bringing other varietals in with them. They also brought innovations such as pruning, varietal selection and low vine training. Large quantities of wine began to flow all over the island. Very, very alcoholic wine. 
 
For several centuries, the Sicilian wine industry fell into boom and bust cycles. As the Romans spread their empire, they carried wines from Sicily with them. A type of Sicilian wine called Mamertino was said to have been Julius Caesar’s favorite. In the Byzantine Age between the 6th and 9th centuries, the Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Sicily View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

Subregions of Sicily

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

    The family Sgarzi has been growing vines and producing wines for many generations in Castel San P...

  • Arancio Grillo

    Celebrated for its hot sunny climate, historic monuments and rich culinary tradition, Sicily h...

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

    "Growing one's own grapes and turning them into wine is, by itself, a great satisfaction. When, a...

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

    The Winery is located at the hight of 900-1000m on the Etona mountain in Sicily, historically fam...

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

    Tenuta delle Terre Nere is the fruit of over 30 years of passion and work in the world of fine...

  • Pellegrino

    Cantine Pellegrino is a Marsala wine producer founded by Paolo Pellegrino in 1880. It was to be...

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Tenuta di Fessina Etna Bianco Erse 2013

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    Crisp green apple mixed with mineral notes Read More

    Wine review by falle


  • Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Feudo d'Elimi Grillo Sicily IGT 2011

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    Bright, crisp and refreshing with notes of melon, lemon and nectarine. Quaffable, but with layers of fruit and moderate minerality. Pairs well with shellfish, clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, as well as hummus and milder cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by Jay LL


  • Corvo Vino Rosso 2014

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    This wine ruby in color is dry and medium-bodied. It displays to the nose aromas of sweet spice, cherry and plum. This dry red features robust tannins. In the mouth a large lively acidity with a lingering finish. I filtered this young wine with my aerator. Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma


  • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2013

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    Delicious. Great for the price ! Read More

    Wine review by bunnies101


  • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2013

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    I should note that I'm not sure of the year, but it was served at a local fine dining establishment in May 2015. Actually the least delicious Pinot Grigio I've had. Absolutely no aromas, finishing notes, or even any kind of acidity; just flat and characterless. Read More

    Wine review by kristin6028


  • Ceuso Melia Scurati Sicilia IGT 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • Well DV, if you like Barbera, the place is an Italian place with a chef from Sicily and an Italian wine list. The owner actually pulled out a La Gerla but we didn't open it. He has been collecting wine himself for many years and has a few thousand bottles he wants to drink with someone. He particularly likes Spain and when he heard that I had so... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...


  • Centonze Frappato Sicilia 2009

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    Fairly nice Sicilian red from the frappato grape. Light red in color with fresh raspberry and red cherry on the nose. A somewhat light body is supported with nice acidity and smooth tannins. There's mainly red and black cherry present with just a touch of mint tea on a medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Hi Cepperley, hi all:Although I think that another trip to Italy would be ... ... Turrisi is in Castlemola in Sicily.While you're waiting for the wine to arrive, Trader Joe's has a sparkling almond wine. ;-) &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for almond wine


  • It is beautiful a beautiful Mediterranean island, with very hospitable people, who would do everything to make you feel at home, comfortable, and...well fed! I love Sicily!

    Comment by 511253Cristina Ferrara 511253 Cristina Ferrara


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