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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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 delle Terre Nere

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

  • Cusumano

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

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Arancio Grillo

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

  • Donnafugata

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Cantine Paolini Nerello Mascalese Terre Siciliane NV

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    Wine review by calywa


  • Tascante Sicilia IGT 2009

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Crudo Catarratto Zibibbo Terre Siciliane IGT 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Motyum Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane 2013

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    Wine Sellers of Saugatuck, 8/2016. Excellent reasonably priced example of Sicily's prized grape variety. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • So basically anything outside Toscana and Piemonte is fair game?Alto Piemonte ... context. Let's look at Sicily and Sardina, Campania and Umbria, Alto Adige and Veneto (which seems nearly as mainstream as Toscana), etc. and et Read More

    Forum post in the topic Italy's other Grapes & Regions


  • Poggio Anima Grillo Uriel 2014

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    Binny's 5/2016. Mostly Mary drank this, she said it was lovely. My one and only ... ... was the first white from Sicily that has passed my lips. Wrong again, my records show I had one other in 2009. My memory is slippin Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Prodigo Nero d'Avola Leggermente Appasite 2014

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    Dark plum and blackcurrant fruit with notes of overripe strawberry and tobacco leaf. Richly powerful in the mouth with gripping tannic structure, thick raspberry preserves with seeds and all, dried dates and a note of blueberry on the finish. A thick mouthfeel and loads of acidity and structure with rich fruit makes this a big bold wine. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Surprised nobody's mentioned him so far so I'll throw Gravner into the ... ... down on Mt. Aetna in Sicily also uses the giare. Likely they're another factor in why his wines are so utterly unique. From chianticlassico.net:"Josko Gravner, one the foremost innovators in the use of terracotta vessels for grape fermentation, is an esteemed and i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • 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


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