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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Grillo

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  • Feudo Montoni

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Faunus Cesanese del Piglio 2003


    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


    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


    Full bodied - great paring with Southern Italian food Read More

    Wine review by ddouty

  • La Spigola Inzolia 2007


    nice light summer wine. nothing special Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Cusumano Red Blend Sicilia IGT Noà 2005


    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


    No written review

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  • Villagrande Etna Bianco 2006


    No written review

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  • Valle Dell' Acate Frappato Rosso 2007


    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

  • Valle Dell' Acate Frappato Rosso 2007


    No written review

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  • Valle Dell'Acate Tane 2004


    James Suckling, Wine Spectator, writes: Complex aromas of lavender, blackberry and dark chocolate follow through to a full body, with round, soft tannins and a long finish. Nero d'Avola and Syrah. Drink now. 500 cases made. 90 Points. Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski

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