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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Grillo

  • Nero d'Avola

    History of the grape: The name translates to “Black [grape] of Avola,” referring to the town in Sicily where it was f...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Sicily

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  • Feudo Montoni

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

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

  • Feudi Principi Di Butera

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

  • Cusumano

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

    The Tasca d'Almerita estate is situated in the Sclafani countryside, between the provinces of Pal...

  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

    Estate Serramarrocco is a fabulous vineyard in Fontanelle in the province of Trapani, Sicily, Ita...

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Ecco Domani Merlot 2015


    Plum, raspberry and earth on the nose with notes of milk chocolate. Fresh blackberry on the palate, simple but pleasant with nice balance and a soft cocoa and spice finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Vissuto Terre Siciliana Italy Nero D' Avola 2014


    as most connoisseurs seem to trend towards sweetness this makes older varieties like this less palatable but not to me. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Cantine Paolini Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane NV


    ok Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Tascante Sicilia IGT 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Crudo Catarratto Zibibbo Terre Siciliane IGT 2015


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Motyum Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane 2013


    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • So basically anything outside Toscana and Piemonte is fair game?Alto Piemonte ... context. Let's look at Sicily and Sardina, Campania and Umbria, Alto Adige and Veneto (which seems nearly as mainstream as Toscana), etc. and et Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes & Regions

  • Poggio Anima Grillo Uriel 2014


    Binny's 5/2016. Mostly Mary drank this, she said it was lovely. My one and only ... ... was the first white from Sicily that has passed my lips. Wrong again, my records show I had one other in 2009. My memory is slippin Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Prodigo Nero d'Avola Leggermente Appasite 2014


    Dark plum and blackcurrant fruit with notes of overripe strawberry and tobacco leaf. Richly powerful in the mouth with gripping tannic structure, thick raspberry preserves with seeds and all, dried dates and a note of blueberry on the finish. A thick mouthfeel and loads of acidity and structure with rich fruit makes this a big bold wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Surprised nobody's mentioned him so far so I'll throw Gravner into the ... ... down on Mt. Aetna in Sicily also uses the giare. Likely they're another factor in why his wines are so utterly unique. From"Josko Gravner, one the foremost innovators in the use of terracotta vessels for grape fermentation, is an esteemed and i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question

  • 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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