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

  • Palomino

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • 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...

Subregions of Sicily

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Cusumano

    Years of intense exchange between us and Sicily. Only one rule: natural simplicity in doing things.

  • Donnafugata

    Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a family in Sicily that has always believed in the extr...

  • Feudi Principi Di Butera

    Il Feudo Principi di Butera si estende in provincia di Caltanissetta nelle antiche terre del F...

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

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

  • Arancio Grillo

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

  • Feudo Montoni

    Today the estate extends for about 73 hectares in the region of Montoni Vecchi (province of Ca...

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Cusumano Nero d'Avola Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Noa 2011

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    One of my favorites. 40% Nero d'Avola, 30% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has the Nero d'Avola bite but the Merlot and Cab Sav give it a rounder taste. Let breathe for at least 45 minutes. Read More

    Wine review by Ron in Sicily


  • Donnafugata Nero d'Avola Sedara Sicilia IGT 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by ilmaxo


  • Villa Tonino Baglio Curatolo Nero d'Avola Sicily 2003

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... town of Avola in south-east Sicily although it is now also grown in other parts of the world like Turkey,California and Australia.It thrives in hot and arid conditions and is the most common red variety in Sicily.Villa Tonino is owned by the Curatolo family and the 'Baglio Curato... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Poggio Anima Grillo Uriel 2012

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    Nice diversion from the normal whites but not anything spectacular. Sort of like a Napa sauvignon blanc with a touch more stone fruit and less citrus. Decent amount of acidity and a slight to medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Sp68 IGT Sicilia Rosso Arianna Occhipinti 2009

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    Smooth, great flavor Read More

    Wine review by cerbland


  • Cusumano Nero'Davola 2008

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    Binny's, Nov. 2010, $9.99. I actually got a glass of this bottle to taste. Had to beg Mary and Joyce for the opportunity after hearing their "oohs and aahs". This was a special treat. The value associated with Sicilian wine from this grape is nearly unbeatable. It's nose, flavor and finish seem to be in my wheelhouse. I wonder if cellaring it fo... Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Cusumano Syrah Sicily 2012

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    Subtle notes of black pepper and root beer greet the nose along with brushy black fruits. A hint of sweetness on attack lends this roundness in the mouth and helps to fill out the fairly fruity palate. The tannins are a bit touch lending this a bit of an extracted feel and lingering dryness on the moderately long finish. This is a bit workmanlik... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • In New Zealand they use awnings over the grapes in several vineyards. ... blog ... blog on his issues over in Sicily with his 2010 harvest :"2010 was dominated by a lot of rain since the beginning of the season; a lot of vegetation resulted in vines with more vigor than usual, needing more canopy management, especially the vineyards in the low... Read More

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  • Feudi del Pisciotto Baglio del Sole Merlot Syrah 2011

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    Very strange at first, but them goes nice. Very smooth tannins with some buttery aftermoouth Read More

    Wine review by KirillK


  • Hauner Hiera Salina IGT 2009

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    Un vino le cui uve sono coltivate sull'Isola di Vulcano (eolie) a 400m sul livello del mare. Un vino degli aromi magici che richiamo il fiore del cappero, il fico d'india, il cacao, piccoli frutti rossi. Un vino intenso cresciuto su terreni vulcanici, equilibrato, dai tannini che lasciano un retrogusto di zagara e miele. Una buona persistenza co... Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • 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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