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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Grillo

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

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  • Feudi Principi Di Butera

    Il Feudo Principi di Butera si estende in provincia di Caltanissetta nelle antiche terre del F...

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Pellegrino

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

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • Cantine Settesoli

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

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

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

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  • Nero d'Avola Maravigna 2006


    Big, dry, fruity, and spicy. Even a little complexity on the finish. Really really love this, and one of the best values I can imagine. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9

  • Baglio del Sole Nero d'Avola 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by jj0

  • Murgo Etna Rosso 2006


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    Wine review by donloah

  • Rallo Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2006


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    Wine review by donloah

  • Rallo Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT NV


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    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

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