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

  • 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...

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • 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...

Subregions of Sicily

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  • 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...

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • Cusumano

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

  • Feudo Montoni

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

  • 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

  • In New Zealand they use awnings over the grapes in several vineyards. ... blog ... blog on his issues over in Sicily with his 2010 harvest :"2010 was dominated by a lot of rain since the beginning of the season; a lot of vegetation resulted in vines with more vigor than usual, needing more canopy management, especially the vineyards in the low... Read More

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  • Feudi del Pisciotto Baglio del Sole Merlot Syrah 2011

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    Very strange at first, but them goes nice. Very smooth tannins with some buttery aftermoouth Read More

    Wine review by KirillK


  • Hauner Hiera Salina IGT 2009

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    Un vino le cui uve sono coltivate sull'Isola di Vulcano (eolie) a 400m sul livello del mare. Un vino degli aromi magici che richiamo il fiore del cappero, il fico d'india, il cacao, piccoli frutti rossi. Un vino intenso cresciuto su terreni vulcanici, equilibrato, dai tannini che lasciano un retrogusto di zagara e miele. Una buona persistenza co... Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio


  • Donnafugata Anthilia Sicily 2013

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    Wine review by knalselder


  • Monte Olimpo Lusso Rosso Italy Sicily Sicily Nero D 'Avola Syrah 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by weezyjack


  • Bianco Maggiore Grillo 2012

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    I bought this bottle of white wine for £8 from a shop in London's Kensington ... an ancient variety native to Sicily and which is used in the production of Marsala although this is a simple bottle of white wine rather than he fortified Marsala. The grillo grape is good at withstanding the hot and dry conditions of Sicily.The Cantine Rallo wine... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Benanti Nero d'Avola Il Drappo Sicilia IGT 2005

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    I haven't tried this one yet.I have tasted many of Benanti"Mt.Etna"wines w/Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio blended together.It has Burgundian elements to it.Very surprising,but very good.It must be a combination of Volcanic soil,elevation,along w/those two grapes blended together.I love wines(both red and white) from Mt.Etna...Worth expl... Read More

    Wine review by vjg6014


  • Ca' di Ponti Sicilia Nero d'Avola 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [ ... town of ... town of Avola in south-east Sicily although it is now grown in other parts of the world like Turkey,California and Australia. It thrives in hot and arid conditions and is the most common red variety in Sicily. My bottle was made by Adria Vini,a business jointly o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2010

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    This wine is produced by Tenuta delle Terre Nere, a winery in Randazzo (Sicily), on the northern Etna slopes. www.tenutaterrenere.com Read More

    Wine review by Marco C


  • Gina Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2010

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    a simple table wine, too sweet for this grape... but it's a 10$ wine, so ok ok... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


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