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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Sicily

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  • Donnafugata

    Donnafugata grew out of the commitment of a family in Sicily that has always believed in the extr...

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

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

  • Feudi Principi Di Butera

    Il Feudo Principi di Butera si estende in provincia di Caltanissetta nelle antiche terre del F...

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

    The family Sgarzi has been growing vines and producing wines for many generations in Castel San P...

  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • On Wednesday, March 5, Gambero Rosso landed in San Francisco with one or two ... Nero d'Avola from Southeast Sicily. Has cedary, tobacco notes not characteristic of Nero d'Avola. Finishes with dark, black fruit and elegant tannins.Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto 2001: Amazing density of color. Liquid liqurice. Very dramatic ... Read More

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  • Donnafugata Ben Rye Sweet Italy Sicilia White 2006

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    Viscous peachy and apricot syrup on the nose and mid-palate; finishes very clean and bright, acidic. Read More

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  • Palari Faro 2004

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  • Archeo 2003

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  • Feudo Arancio Sicilia Hekate Passito 2005

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    Rich candied fruit nose. Lacking in acidity (too hot in sicily?) and a little flabby. Too sweet as a result and ahas a cough medicine taste. Very thick. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Feudo Arancio Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2006

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    Very rich treacly wine with notes of coffee, stewed fruits. Very intense. Basically a beefy food wine, not very fruity, and too overpoweringly dense (not in a good way) for me. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Feudo Arancio Pinot Noir 2006

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    Plain. Slightly earthy, lacking in fruit. Licorise notes. Better finish that expected - decent length but with some tight tannins Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Feudo Arancio Grillo 2006

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    Sicilian. Fairly neutral. Disappointingly low acidity, some tropical fruits. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Feudo Arancio Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2006

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    Sicilian. Low acidity, flabby, some tropical fruits overall not good. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Planeta Chardonnay Sicilia IGT 2006

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    Beautifull yellow with gold and green shades. It offers an intense, complex and fine aroma, with a pleasant delicate note of toasted vanilla. Structured and Balanced, this wine is a great companion for mushroom based sauces. Read More

    Wine review by dicolloredomels


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