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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Pellegrino

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Cusumano

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

  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

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

  • Donnafugata

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

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Casa Girelli Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT Lamura 2003


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    Wine review by winetipcolt

  • Cusumano Insolia Sicilia IGT 2007


    Light pale straw colour. There are intense citrus and tropical fruits prevalent on the nose with undertones of forality. Specifically pineapple and lemon drop nuances flood the plate with a grassy mouthfeel and a herby mid palate. It has good acidity making for fresh crisp wine perfect for summer. The finish is astringent with indicating po... Read More

    Wine review by Nz BoUNd

  • Feudo Principi di Butera Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2004


    Very good wine, brought to us from Italy. Looking for it in Georgia, USA. I added the picture above, which is a little deceiving. It is a glass bottle -I just rolled it as I scanned it in (so it appears front and back). The lower label is actually more deep purple, almost brown, though the color appears more magenta in the picture. Read More

    Wine review by UKenDoIt

  • Hugonis Tenuta Rapitala 2004


    This is one of the best Sicilian wines I found in my trip to the island. And at $20, its value is tremendous. A Cabernet/Nero D'avola blend, it is great with roasts and grilled meats.A MUST TRY! Read More

    Wine review by sheedog16

  • Roccagiglio -Adragna 2000


    Cloudy deep red with little luster. Earth aroma that is reminiscent of a log stuck in a river bank. The taste is bitter and dirty, with a sweet after taste. The second glass tasted much sweeter than the first. Read More

    Wine review by SnazzyPants

  • Genofranco Nero d'Avola 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by infinitides

  • About this time in 1999, I took an unknowing, impassioned first step into what ... an easterly wind and visited Sicily and the family of one of my fellow business school class mates.  During the weeklong journey, we spent a day visiting vineyards on the southeast side of the island.  When I returned to the States, it was not the Sicilian wine'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ten Years Back (and Forward?) by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski

  • Mandrarossa Fiano 2006


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    Wine review by erin0529

  • Mandrarossa Fiano 2007


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    Wine review by erin0529

  • Tenuta Rapitalà Red Blend Sicilia IGT Nuhar 2005


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    Wine review by jj0

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