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...

  • 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

  • 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

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  • Cusumano

    Years of intense exchange between us and Sicily. Only one rule: natural simplicity in doing things.

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • 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...

  • Cantine Settesoli

    The vineyards that cover an area of 6500 hectares which are supervised by agronomists, who contro...

  • Pellegrino

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • 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

  • Firriato Santagostino Bianco Baglio Soria 2007


    The wine had the underpinnings of wonderful refreshment. However, the wine makers in Sicily seem to be a little behind the times, playing to yesterdays New World approach to Chardonnay - viscous, creamy and oaky. Those latter characteristics in this wine, made the wine a little off-putting, but enjoyable. Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski

  • Benanti Bianco Etna Superiore Pietramarina 2003


    The wine was showing early oxidized stages of honeyed earthiness, soft citrus fruit center and elegant minerality and acidity. The wine was complete - equal parts intensity and finesse. Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski

  • Calabretta Carricante Bianco 2005


    The wine was refreshingly intense. The Carricante provides wonderfully rich orange and lemon peel fruit and anise spiciness; the Minnella filled the middle with a touch of golden, almond creaminess. Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski

  • Valle Dell'Acate Tane 2004


    The wine is rich, deep and dark. Scents of woodland blackberries and raspberries with a touch of liquorice and spice. On the palate, the wine is velvety and warm, like melted, bitter chocolate in the mouth. Sicilian Syrahs can be aromatic and powerful due to the stressful, heat driven growing seasons, but they somehow do not come off overly aggr... Read More

    Wine review by 30091Daniel Petroski 30091 Daniel Petroski

  • The Sicilians say, that Sicily is a great place to live but a terrible place to work. The have the sun, the sea, the wine and the women, but they don't have the money and therefore, work is not priority. What can be done today should most definitely be done tomorrow.This post comes from the Island of Sicily. Actually from an airplane, somewher... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Postcard from Sicily

  • Cusumano Red Blend Sicilia IGT Benuara 2004


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    Wine review by pnothstein

  • Cantine Florio Vino Liquoroso Morsi di Luce Sicilia IGT 2004


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    Wine review by Methuselah147

  • Baglio di Pianetto Ficiligno Sicilia IGT 2007


    This is a blend of Insolia and Viognier (Insolia 50%/Viognier 50%) with great structure and satisfying mouth feel. The color is of deep straw yellow with mild floral notes and tropical fruit of pineapple and mango. Nice wine for the unoaked wine fans. Read More

    Wine review by treg906

  • Planeta Syrah Sicilia IGT 2001


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    Wine review by oxjinixo

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