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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

Subregions of Sicily

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Arancio Grillo

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Donnafugata

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

  • Cusumano

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

  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

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

  • 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

  • Donnafugata Anthilia Sicily 2013

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    Wine review by knalselder


  • Monte Olimpo Lusso Rosso Italy Sicily Sicily Nero D 'Avola Syrah 2009

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    Wine review by weezyjack


  • Bianco Maggiore Grillo 2012

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    I bought this bottle of white wine for £8 from a shop in London's Kensington ... an ancient variety native to Sicily and which is used in the production of Marsala although this is a simple bottle of white wine rather than he fortified Marsala. The grillo grape is good at withstanding the hot and dry conditions of Sicily.The Cantine Rallo wine... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Benanti Nero d'Avola Il Drappo Sicilia IGT 2005

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    I haven't tried this one yet.I have tasted many of Benanti"Mt.Etna"wines w/Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio blended together.It has Burgundian elements to it.Very surprising,but very good.It must be a combination of Volcanic soil,elevation,along w/those two grapes blended together.I love wines(both red and white) from Mt.Etna...Worth expl... Read More

    Wine review by vjg6014


  • Ca' di Ponti Sicilia Nero d'Avola 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [ ... town of ... town of Avola in south-east Sicily although it is now 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. My bottle was made by Adria Vini,a business jointly o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Tenuta Della Terre Nere Etna Rosso Sottana Calderara 2010

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    This wine is produced by Tenuta delle Terre Nere, a winery in Randazzo (Sicily), on the northern Etna slopes. www.tenutaterrenere.com Read More

    Wine review by Marco C


  • Gina Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2010

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    a simple table wine, too sweet for this grape... but it's a 10$ wine, so ok ok... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Tasca Regaleali le Rose Nerello Mascalese Sicily 2013

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    100% Nerello Mascalese3.4g/l Residual Sugar7.0 g/ l acidity3.2 PHFloral on the nose and high-toned with pretty details of red fruit, sod, and fresh picked mouton herbs. This is lovely, with enough acid to be bright and juicy but not so much as to tire the palate. there's fine fruit here, a bit subtle perhaps but nicely framed with mineral and ve... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Jennifer - Barbera is always nice to have around. It's one of the more ... ... "native" grapes of Sicily that kind of got rediscovered when the Nero d'Avola grape became respectable. Make a Sicilian pie and you're good to go!But don't let anyone tell you that it's somehow traditional or more natural because it's "local" food and wine pairing. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?


  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a ... southern Spain, Italy and Sicily? Who is growing Nero d'Avola for example? Here in Temecula there is one guy doing it and it's actually pretty goo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...


  • 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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