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

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • 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...

  • Pellegrino

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

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Dievole Pinocchio Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2005

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    For US$8.99 this is a steal, has some very nice dirt and vegetable happening. I like the strong acidity and tannins up front, has a rustic imbalanced feel but still very likeable in spite of it.. Not much of a finish.. Would recommend with heavier meat dishes and strong cheeses Read More

    Wine review by d3ckard


  • Tenuta la Guardiola Passopisciaro Passopisciaro Sicilia IGT 2007

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    Crowd pleaser. Good tannins, beautiful wine. Great with food, can be had by itself--a big wine. Read More

    Wine review by dista23


  • Faunus Cesanese del Piglio 2003

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    I come back to this wine again and again. I've even gone as far as to recommend it to several restaurants and wine retailers in hopes to have it around longer & closer. Smooth, zesty, tangy, bold yet not too acidic, slightly sweet, cherries, smokey. Montepulciano grape. WOW! Read More

    Wine review by alphaprime2008


  • Cusumano Syrah Sicilia IGT 2006

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    Dry wine. Wine spectator: 86 points. Gamberro Rosso: 2 Color: purple. Aroma: intensive fruit with pepper and lukcrecia. Ideal with italian cuisine (pasta, pizza) and with red meat. Read More

    Wine review by wolszczak


  • Terre di Sole Nero d'Avola di Sicilia IGT Apalos 2005

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    Full bodied - great paring with Southern Italian food Read More

    Wine review by ddouty


  • La Spigola Inzolia 2007

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    nice light summer wine. nothing special Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2


  • Cusumano Red Blend Sicilia IGT Noà 2005

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    Very impressive nose. Perfume-like petrol, leather and dark-berries. Silky smooth finish. Not very long though. Galloni gave it 92, Suckling 85. I'm going with Galloni on this one. Although I don't agree with the "long lingering finish" -part. --- For reference: AIS Duemilavini 5/5. Gambero Rosso 3/3. WS 85 RP 92 Read More

    Wine review by brunello01


  • Barone di Villagrande Malvasia Delle Lipari Passito 2000

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    No written review

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski


  • Villagrande Etna Bianco 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski


  • Valle Dell' Acate Frappato Rosso 2007

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    A summer red. It should be served a little chilled and goes well with appetizers, cheeses, cured meats and pates and wont overpower the occasional fish dish. A bright red color with hints of rose petals and strawberries. This wine is light and wildly aromatic. Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski


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