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

  • Grillo

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • 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...

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

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

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

  • 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

  • Incanto Marsala Dry Fine I.P. D.O.P

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    "Ambra", medium fluffy carameled plums on ripe red apple aroma. Soft cane sugar beginning, short apricot in middle and long lemony ending with ticklish tannins. Nice balance! 18% alc comes like a fall in pillows) Goes excellent with Montezumas 100% chocolate! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Theresa Eccher "Altero" Etna Rosso DOC 2011

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    Great wine prephylloxera. Vineyard 120 years old at about 800 meters above sea level. Intense smell of cherries and small red fruits, tobacco and coffee. In mouth its larghe, long lasting, really complex and structured. Great. Read More

    Wine review by Omariel


  • Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore 2014

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    Pale yellow color. Somewhat floral nose. Lightly sweetish on the tip of the tongue. A somewhat viscous initial mouthfeelnot unlike poaching syrup. As the wine passes back, acid tartness really emerges. Then, minerality. A very lean wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Cantine Pellegrino Villa del Sole Vino Liquoroso NV

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    Awfaul wine. Totally oxidized. In the nose it seams like Sherry, but in the mouth has ashort sweetness and nothing more. Read More

    Wine review by LJBT


  • Sibilia Syrah 2016

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    Need to re-evaluate and re-rate. Well balanced moderate weight. Black fruit. Decent staying power in the fridge. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Planeta la Segreta Bianco 2012

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    very tasty Read More

    Wine review by cane


  • Archeo Nero d'Avola Ruggero di Tasso Sicilia IGT 2015

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    well, label says it supposed to be smooth and so on - for me it's a 'rum among wines'... or maybe I have bad bottle... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Inzolia Terre Siciliane IGT Guari Baglio Oro 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Avito Terre Siciliane Italy Nero D' Avola 2015

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    A sublime and smooth wine with clarity that belies the fact that it spent no time in the oak. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Viottolo Terre Siciliane Italy Grillo 2016

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    bright and energetic but lacking in overall depth. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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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