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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Sicily

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

  • 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...

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • 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...

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Tasca d'Almerita White Blend Sicilia IGT Regaleali 2006

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    88 points: Very pale gold color; nearly bordering on slightly yellow tinted clear color (same thing? who knows really?) The nose kept me coming back...and back...and back...and back, trying to pinpoint what it was. At first it was almost like a sweet gasoline component, then after another minute or two of smelling, I kept trying to pinpoint what... Read More

    Wine review by JBaldwinRN


  • Corvo Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by ericforte


  • Corvo Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2003

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    Wine review by ericforte


  • Giacondi 2007

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    Nice weekday wine, a great Price/Value ratio. Read More

    Wine review by Andrel


  • Sas Gebo Mamertino 2004

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    Very crisp, loved the semi-sparkling part. Enjoyed the slight bite athe beginning, rounded out at the end. Only semi-sweet and the rose and lemon aroma worked for me. Was served very cold and made the slight breeze outside very pleasant. Had with a lemon blueberry pound cake and they were both scrumptious. Read More

    Wine review by redcarrie


  • Cusumano Red Blend Sicilia IGT Benuara 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Loveleighxoxo


  • Florio Marsala Sweet Marsala Sweet NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by AlysonS


  • Planeta Red Blend Sicilia IGT la Segreta Rosso 2002

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    blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Nero D'Avolaplum and tobacco scentsdry with no finish Read More

    Wine review by GoinGray


  • Pozzi Pinot Grigio Venezie IGT 2006

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    oily. strange. refreshing. definitely worth $10. nice pineapple finish. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • A lot of ink has been spilled over the years in praise of the wines of Southern ... bit shows that Campania and Sicily garner the most interest with Puglia coming in a close third. This focus can be traced to two factors in the United States the first being that many Italian-Americans trace their roots back to these regions and tourism remains... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Southside


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