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

  • Grillo

  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Sicily

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Arancio Grillo

    Celebrated for its hot sunny climate, historic monuments and rich culinary tradition, Sicily h...

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

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

  • Pellegrino

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

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

    Tenuta delle Terre Nere is the fruit of over 30 years of passion and work in the world of fine...

  • Feudi Principi Di Butera

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Villa Pozzi Merlot Sicilia 2012

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    Modern in style with ripe dark fruit on the nose and palate. Balancing acidity and soft tannins lead to a long finish. This wine reminds me that I need to put Merlot back in my rotation. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ran out of time during my last post so didn't flesh a number of things out. ... be boots on the ground in Sicily chasing down the current best.I'm not feeling a lot of love for Port around here, but good vintage ports can definitely be special. Your point is taken about not mixing the fortified with the merely fermented. Instinctively it's noth... Read More

    Forum post in the topic ICE WINE


  • Patria Etna Bianco 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • And northern California secessionists have repeatedly wanted to have Santa ... ... ... on what you do with Sicily and Sardinia). And I was thinking the Tuscan style of wine, especially Super Tuscans, might be more immediately approachable than certainly Amarone and maybe even Piedmont nebbiolo, as Greg also seems to feel. But then a special b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help with selecting a nice...


  • Tami Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by solargecko


  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Eno916


  • Morgante Nero d'Avola 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


  • Nero d'Avola. Cusumano 2014

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    Wine review by passasr


  • Regaleali le Rose 2014

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    Binny's 8/2015. I had a sip of this wine and it was lovely, Mary and Rose finished the bottle. Both really liked it as well. Another chance taken (new region for the wine type) and rewarded. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Regaleali Bianco Sicilia Tasca 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


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