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

  • 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...

  • 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

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  • Donnafugata

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

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

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

  • Feudo Montoni

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

  • 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...

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Prodigo Nero d'Avola 2013

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    Jammy, raisined and viscous fruit with light acid and a smooth tanninless finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Marchese Montefusco Grillo Sicilia 2014

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    Ripe with notes of tropical fruits and ripe pears. Light and fruity on the palate with light acidity and a nice soft finish. Reminds me of a moscato. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Feudo Zirtari Terre Siciliane 2013

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    the Nero d' avola being a stronger grape overwhelms the syrah or does the syrah calm down the later? Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • "Yeah but would you drink those again? With all the salt water?"Sure, ... unique drinking that even Sicily and Sardinia can't match. And that's assuming the seals held, so no salt water.Yes on the blacklisting of Wagner now. Used to drink a fair amount of Caymus in the '80s and early '90s but stopped last decade. About the same time I stopped d... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you would not drink...


  • Colosi Nero d'Avola 2014

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    Fairly light bodied red wine. Lots of fruitiness on introduction, but its like fruit saladan indistinct flavor that might be best described as fruit salad. Very acidic makes for a refreshing drink. No tannin to speak of. An easy to drink, low-dollar cellar defender. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • " but the idea of some pan-Italian red sauce restaurant wouldn't ... ... as being from Naples, Rome, Sicily, etc. But to non-Italians, they were all the same. Even if they were from what is now Albania or Croatia. And if you want to talk about prejudice, they were pretty far down on the list of acceptable neighbors, like way at the bottom. Out... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Help me out here


  • 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...


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