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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Grillo

  • 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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

  • 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

  • Nicosia Catarratto

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    Wine review by JoeK99


  • Colosi Terre Siciliane Dry 2014

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. This bottle was opened at Power's Italian dinner night. It was the 2nd of a two bottle night and it absolutely won this tasting hands down. Evidently most wine made from the Nero d'Avola grape and I are kindred spirits.I have rarely had an average bottle, plus it is easy on the wallet. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Squadra Rosso 2014

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    Red fruit forward, luscious wine. Then on day three, started losing power in the fridge. Drink in two days. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Finding myself a little more curious as to what's going on at this price ... ... soils of Mt. Etna from Sicily, which isn't a bad statement to make or conversation starter when opening a wine here in the States. There are certainly many more regions to think about in France and Italy alone.I did try Tenuta delle Terre Nere's basic bottling of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good Wine, $20 and under


  • An impromptu Thanksgiving hodgepodge at a friend's house tonight. Turkey ... ... a nero d'avola from Sicily. All bought by my hosts on recommendation from a sales person at the most expensive market in Japan, located in the Aoyama district of Tokyo. $30 to $50 per bottle for nasty plonk. Only thing I wanted to drink was the Bourgogne blanc, a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Ecco Domani Merlot 2015

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    Plum, raspberry and earth on the nose with notes of milk chocolate. Fresh blackberry on the palate, simple but pleasant with nice balance and a soft cocoa and spice finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Vissuto Terre Siciliana Italy Nero D' Avola 2014

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    as most connoisseurs seem to trend towards sweetness this makes older varieties like this less palatable but not to me. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Cantine Paolini Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane NV

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    ok Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Tascante Sicilia IGT 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Crudo Catarratto Zibibbo Terre Siciliane IGT 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


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