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

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  • Feudi Principi Di Butera

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

  • Donnafugata

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Feudo Montoni

    Today the estate extends for about 73 hectares in the region of Montoni Vecchi (province of Ca...

  • 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...

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  • Tasca d'Almerita Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT Regaleali 2004

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    Just enjoyed 2 bottles of this wine at Gradisca, 126 W. 13th St, NYC. Fantastic flavor and the food at Gradisca is great! Ask for Neil. Read More

    Wine review by erok210


  • Zabù Nero d'Avola IGT Sicilia M.o 2011

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    Medium body, full fruit taste of dark berries. Long Read More

    Wine review by sveinove


  • Colosi Nero d'Avola Scilia 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by halfbottle


  • Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by HokieMaverick


  • Benanti Rosso di Verzella 2005

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    Absolutely wonderful! Read More

    Wine review by Standuvall


  • Palari Faro 2005

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    Fantastic array of intriguing aromatics, smoky, irony, mineral, strawberry jam, pressed flowers, dried citrus peel, slate and a touch of dried manure round s out the nose. Bright, lean and focused in the mouth with not one once of unneeded fat. The red currant/wild cherry fruits are rich and intense but the wine is elegant and lithe with impress... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Colosi Sicilia Rosso 2006

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    100% Nero d'Avola grapescherry and barnyard scentssmooth, but the finish was a bit sour Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray


  • Villa Tonino Nero d'Avola 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by tgar


  • Sàgana Sicilia IGT 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by kcovo


  • Cusumano Merlot 2007

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    This value Merlot from Sicily readily displays the potential of depth that the island has for varieties that one would never have associated with such an unlikely terroir. I don't see this the way I see many bland, mass-marketed New World classic French varieties. No bland imitation here, this is Merlot with a unique, Sicilian accent and person... Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


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