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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Grillo

  • 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...

Subregions of Sicily

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

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

  • Pellegrino

    Cantine Pellegrino is a Marsala wine producer founded by Paolo Pellegrino in 1880. It was to be...

  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

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

  • Cusumano

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

  • Cantine Settesoli

    The vineyards that cover an area of 6500 hectares which are supervised by agronomists, who contro...

  • 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

  • Primo Amore Sangiovese Merlot 2005

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    Have it during it's possible prime.Medium bodied,pleasant smooth aroma,outstanding texture and superb fruity sensation.Hintness of spice and earthinness follow by cheeries.Excellent balance of acidic and sweetness as well as it's tannin. A must to re-buy. An "elegant and sexy" wine Read More

    Wine review by Consigliere Paul


  • Mandrarossa Fiano 2006

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    A definite bargain wine! The appearance is clear and very inviting. It leaves behind some oiliness when swirled, which makes sense due the fact that it's a fruity wine and has a high alcohol content. This Fiano has a rich, peachy smell. The taste is plump and expressive, it's on the sweeter side, but never approaches too sweet. The flavor l... Read More

    Wine review by quickdex


  • Calatrasi Baglio Badami Vioca 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Eric Hartsink


  • Nero d'Avola Sicilia Feudo Arancio 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by tenzinaire


  • Morgante Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2006

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    A gorgeous wine. Smooth. Smoky. Oaky. A delight for the senses. Pair with lightly spiced patsa dishes. Read More

    Wine review by davidwainwright


  • Nero d'Avola Sicilia Feudo Arancio 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by lorac


  • Mandrarossa Fiano 2007

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    I had this wine at a tasting and loved it. I'm a die hard chard fan, but this had just enough depth with a exotic finish that I was sold! I'm so glad to find it here, as I can't seem to locate it for sale in my home town of Charleston, SC Read More

    Wine review by kgaylegard


  • Vigneti Zabù Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2007

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    not my cup of tea. flavorless. would be good to bring to a party as it wouldn't offend anyone. easy drinker. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • 61303051 Ajello Furat 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by tim0


  • Feudo Arancio Grillo Sicilia IGT 2005

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    Excellent change of pace wine. Good nose and wonderful flavors. My wife loved it. Read More

    Wine review by gjsliney


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