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

  • 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

  • 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...

Subregions of Sicily

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  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

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

  • Arancio Grillo

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

  • 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...

  • Cantine Settesoli

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

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Tasca d'Almerita Leone d'Almerita Sicilia IGT 2006

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    Wine review by 86702Watachai 86702 Watachai


  • Valle Dell' Acate Frappato Rosso 2007

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    Served chilled (it was a little too cold, but warmed up at the table). The nose was muted due to the temperature, but there was a cherry pie flavor, complete with vanilla pie crust. Light, and with no tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2007

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    Wine review by jcdinitto


  • Feudo Arancio 2006

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    I like this white wine even though reds are my favorite. But most of all I love the name of this wine, Grillo...that's my name!!!!This wine is perfect blend, fruity and light. I had it with a turkey meal and on its own. Both ways are great tasting. Read More

    Wine review by makemewhine


  • Sàgana Sicilia IGT 2007

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    Wine review by La Lonza


  • Arancia Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2007

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    Delicious and fine value, with a bold presence and plenty of bite. Not a wimpy wine! Perhaps a bit more acidic than some will like. Peppery and big with dark fruit, like drinking a hot and windy Sicilian summer. Read More

    Wine review by La Lonza


  • Corvo Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2006

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    Label Description: Corvo Red is produced primarily from Nero d'Avola grapes selected from best vines grown in the highest vineyards. The wine is vinified according to the finest winemaking traditions in the most modern winery in Italy. Aged in Slavonian oak casks for one year, the wine is rested further in the bottle to develop its full charac... Read More

    Wine review by lilya


  • Nero d'Avola Sicilia Feudo Arancio 2007

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    Wine review by sscastor


  • Morgante Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2007

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    Wine review by Cogrady


  • Valle Dell' Acate Frappato Rosso 2007

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    Very well received by everyone who tasted it. Smells like frosted cherry pie, but there's a lot of fresh acidity giving it a tart finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark


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