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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Sicily on Snooth

  • 61303051 Ajello Furat 2005

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    Wine review by rad dude


  • Di Giovanna Nerello Mascalese IGT Sicily 2006

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    Perky and fruity on the frontend, almost a little meaty on the backend, while still being medium bodied.Interesting wine. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf


  • Corvo Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2005

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    A bit too oaky for my taste, a bit hot on the tongue.Decent companion to strong flavoured meal.Would buy again: good value for the price. Read More

    Wine review by starbuck5250


  • Firriato Chiaramonte Nero d'Avola 2005

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    Nero D'Avola, the most important grape in Sicily, typically exudes exotic flavors and aromas... well, this one delivers in spades. The first thing I notice is that this 100% Nero D'Avola is ready to drink without decanting and has a flavor profile reminiscent of a much higher priced wine. It is full bodied, with a deep opaque purple color, and a... Read More

    Wine review by vigna uva vino


  • Gulfi Carjcanti Sicilia IGT 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by SMS


  • Mandrarossa Fiano 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by jpiscionere


  • Sipavola Rosso Sicilian 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by jpiscionere


  • La Capirossa Etna Rosso DOC 2005

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    Made from a careful selection of the grapes Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio. It expresses elegance and harmony. Aged in oak barrels.Drinkin this wine is a great enduring experience.It's not at all a common wine, the taste is rising till the end of the bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Riccatreccia


  • La Capirossa Bianco IGT 2007

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    Intense aroma of tropical fruit with floral hints of typical Mediterranean roots. Taste persistent, fragant, pleasantly crisp and elegant. Made from the grapes Grillo and Chardonnay Read More

    Wine review by Riccatreccia


  • Planeta Menfi Rotwein Italien Sizilien Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOC 2003

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    nice complexity, a little spice, long after taste. Heavy...a good fall wine. Read More

    Wine review by chutoi


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