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

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

    The Winery is located at the hight of 900-1000m on the Etona mountain in Sicily, historically fam...

  • Pellegrino

    Cantine Pellegrino is a Marsala wine producer founded by Paolo Pellegrino in 1880. It was to be...

  • Cantine Settesoli

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • No, I am familiar with Ameretto.  And it was a wine.  I guess I just ... to make another trip back to Sicily!  :)&nbs Read More

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  • My husband and I traveled to southern Italy last year and while in Taormina, Sicily, Italy we had a wonderful almond wine.  It is more of a dessert wine, but not too sweet like I've found with other dessert wines.  I would like to find somewhere I could order it online or even from some place in the States.  Can anyone help?  Thanks.  Read More

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  • Greg, did you know Tokaji is one of the next big wine regions?That $95 Virginia ... ... make enough of it.  Sicily?  I believe they make a couple of good wines, but it's too damn hot.  I doubt they'll ever be a "next biggest".  Just my a-hole opinion Read More

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  • my dad was born in sicily  raised in tuscany  still going at 83 he built his own version of a  wine cellar in the back of  the house 10ft under ground in new york and kept his special wine that was to him the best tasting and most expesive and he would allways open a bottle of expensive wine when in company just like anyone would open a bottle o... Read More

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  • Benanti Etna Serra Della Contessa 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sicilian Shiraz Terre Siciliane Marks and Spencer 2013

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    I got given this bottle of wine at Christmas.It is an Indicazione Geograpafica Tipica wine rather than a DOC or DOCG.made for Marks and Spencer by the large MGM Mondo del Vino firm of negociants.It is 100% shiraz and aged for 5 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of homemade pasta bake and I did enjoy it.It is ve... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Barone Montalto Nero d'Avola Collezione di Famiglia Appassimento 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Sperone Marsala Cremovo Fine Dessert/Fruit/Miscellaneous Wine Giacomo Sperone NV

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    Well, I bought a bottle for cooking and ended up drinking it over a week poured in a tumbler over fresh ice! Wow... Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Planeta Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Nerobufaleffj Nero d'Avola. Gulfi 2008

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    Wine review by ympuga


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