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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Sicily

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Feudo Montoni

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

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • Cusumano

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

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

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

  • Donnafugata

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • 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


  • No, I am familiar with Ameretto.  And it was a wine.  I guess I just ... to make another trip back to Sicily!  :)&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for almond wine


  • My husband and I traveled to southern Italy last year and while in Taormina, Sicily, Italy we had a wonderful almond wine.  It is more of a dessert wine, but not too sweet like I've found with other dessert wines.  I would like to find somewhere I could order it online or even from some place in the States.  Can anyone help?  Thanks.  Read More

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  • Greg, did you know Tokaji is one of the next big wine regions?That $95 Virginia ... ... make enough of it.  Sicily?  I believe they make a couple of good wines, but it's too damn hot.  I doubt they'll ever be a "next biggest".  Just my a-hole opinion Read More

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  • my dad was born in sicily  raised in tuscany  still going at 83 he built his own version of a  wine cellar in the back of  the house 10ft under ground in new york and kept his special wine that was to him the best tasting and most expesive and he would allways open a bottle of expensive wine when in company just like anyone would open a bottle o... Read More

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  • Benanti Etna Serra Della Contessa 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sicilian Shiraz Terre Siciliane Marks and Spencer 2013

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas.It is an Indicazione Geograpafica Tipica wine rather than a DOC or DOCG.made for Marks and Spencer by the large MGM Mondo del Vino firm of negociants.It is 100% shiraz and aged for 5 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of homemade pasta bake and I did enjoy it.It is ve... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Barone Montalto Nero d'Avola Collezione di Famiglia Appassimento 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • 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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