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...

  • Grillo

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Cusumano

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

  • 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...

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

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

  • 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

  • Cos Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2005

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    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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    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


  • Feudo Arancio Pinot Noir 2006

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    Interesting Pinot since it is from Sicily. Lots of red fruit on the nose with some floral notes. Fruit forward in the mouth, medium body and some spice and white pepper. Fun wine to brown bag for friends. Read More

    Wine review by chefvangarde


  • Cos Scyri Nero d'Avola 2000

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    Very interesting wine. Lots of funk on the nose which eventually blew off to reveal some real deep fruit notes. Tasted older than it is so if you like old tasting wine this is a great deal. Read More

    Wine review by adamlevin


  • Firriato Altavilla Della Corte 2005

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    Wine review by flingesso


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