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

  • Tasca Regaleali le Rose Nerello Mascalese Sicily 2013

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    100% Nerello Mascalese3.4g/l Residual Sugar7.0 g/ l acidity3.2 PHFloral on the nose and high-toned with pretty details of red fruit, sod, and fresh picked mouton herbs. This is lovely, with enough acid to be bright and juicy but not so much as to tire the palate. there's fine fruit here, a bit subtle perhaps but nicely framed with mineral and ve... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Jennifer - Barbera is always nice to have around. It's one of the more ... ... "native" grapes of Sicily that kind of got rediscovered when the Nero d'Avola grape became respectable. Make a Sicilian pie and you're good to go!But don't let anyone tell you that it's somehow traditional or more natural because it's "local" food and wine pairing. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Are you down with Dolcetto?


  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a ... southern Spain, Italy and Sicily? Who is growing Nero d'Avola for example? Here in Temecula there is one guy doing it and it's actually pretty goo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...


  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana Rosso Etna Sicily 2012

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    Deep ruby color. Spicy with a hint of smoke. Strong mouth feel but soft tannins Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Most cheap red has excessive residual sugar, but then there are also the ... ... something like Marsala (Sicily) or Marvodaphne (Pelopennesus, Greece) both of which have some aspirations to quality without giving up much in price.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Im looking for an inexpensive...


  • Regaleali Rosso Sicilia IGT 2011

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    Wine review by sammy2co


  • Solea Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2012

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    Wine review by asaracho


  • Donnafugata Sedara 2010

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    Bright ruby red and a floral nose. Earthy with hints of cherry and licorice . Spicy finish that lingers. Very enjoyable . Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co


  • The dangers of brett have been well discussed over the years, though there are ... people over in Sardinia and Sicily, etc. might be doing. Read More

    Forum post in the topic A purposely 'bretted' wine?


  • Cusumano Syrah Sicilia IGT 2012

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    Fruity and a bit simple on the nose but with attractive blackberry, bramble, and vanilla accents gaining a late dash of cracked pepper. Ripe, lush and a bit oddly tart in the mouth, this is an easy going wine but it lacks some balance coming off as a bit raw with acid in the mouth and some dry tannins that grae on the finish. Feels both small an... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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