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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Subregions of Sicily

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  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • Arancio Grillo

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

  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

    Estate Serramarrocco is a fabulous vineyard in Fontanelle in the province of Trapani, Sicily, Ita...

  • Cantine Settesoli

    The vineyards that cover an area of 6500 hectares which are supervised by agronomists, who contro...

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Patria Etna Bianco 2013

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    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

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  • Tami Occhipinti Nero d'Avola Sicilia 2013

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    Wine review by solargecko


  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2014

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    Wine review by Eno916


  • Morgante Nero d'Avola 2010

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    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


  • Been out all day chasing meetings across various parts of town. Breakfast at ... syrah from, of all places, Sicily. Sole dei Padre 2008 from Spadafora. Think it got a 92 from WS back whenever I saw that listing, and won a lot of awards at fairs. Opened last night, second half of bottle tonight with the massive burger (guess I must be celebrati... Read More

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  • Tenuta di Fessina Etna Bianco Erse 2013

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    Crisp green apple mixed with mineral notes Read More

    Wine review by falle


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