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

  • 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...

  • Palomino

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

Subregions of Sicily

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Donnafugata

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

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Rallo Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT NV


    No written review

    Wine review by donloah

  • Palari Faro 2006


    3 starsNose: medium+ intensity with aromas of cherry, slight lactic note and warm spicesPalate: medium+ powdery tannins, medium+ concentration, flavors of earth (silt), warm spices and cherry. Read More

    Wine review by lglover

  • Cusumano Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT Sàgana 2006


    2.25 starsAppearance: opaque ruby coreNose: medium+ intensity with aromas of overripe plum, raisin, rum balls, rubber, datesPalate: medium acidity, flavors of overripe fruit, medium+ length with a finish of slight cooked cabbage. Read More

    Wine review by lglover

  • Feudo Principi di Butera Deliella 2005


    3.75 starsAppearance: opaque- ruby coreNose: medium+ intensity aromas of licorice, black tea, red & black cherryPalate: medium+ acidity, medium tannins, flavors of jasmine, black tea, cherry (red and black), earthy, beets and warm spice Read More

    Wine review by lglover

  • Donnafugata Mille E Una Notte Contessa Entellina DOC 2005


    2.5 to 2.75 starsAppearance: opaque ruddy ruby coreNose: Medium+ intensity aromas of rubber and overripe black fruitPalate: Medium tannins, medium length with flavors of candied walnuts, date and mincemeat Read More

    Wine review by lglover

  • Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2006


    60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Frappato di Vittoria, 13% ABVI was persuaded by my chatty ... have thought that being from Sicily, which has a hot, dry climate, that we'd be looking at a wine with high extraction, high alcohol, intense stewed fruit aromas and abrasive tannins, but actually it's more like a Burgundy - soft, light, gorgeously aromatic with... Read More

    Wine review by ricard

  • Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2006


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    Wine review by ricard

  • Cantine Colosi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT Rosso 2007


    A good Sicilian wine. Sweet cherry flavor that is well balanced with plum and medium to high tannins. Drank with a spicy pasta dish. Held up to the flavor and the peppery taste of the arugula used in the dish. A very good food wine.- JG Read More

    Wine review by jmoose28

  • Primo Amore Sangiovese Merlot 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by bwandwhitey

  • Tasca D Almerita Regaleali Rosso Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2006


    An old world beauty, and one of Italy's rising stars is the Nero dAvola of Sicily. This one, Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali, shows multiple verdant aromas that express a certain earthiness and connection with the land. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks and the juice is macerated with the skins for 10 days. The wine is then aged for 6-8 mo... Read More

    Wine review by vigna uva vino

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