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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

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

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

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

  • Feudo Montoni

    Today the estate extends for about 73 hectares in the region of Montoni Vecchi (province of Ca...

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

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

  • Arancio Grillo

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Virgona Malvasia Delle Lipari Passito 2008

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    AUD$86/500ml. It is produced with 95% Malvasia white grapes and 5% Corinto black grapes, withered partly on the plant and exposed to sunlight on traditional long racks of reeds (known as cannizzi) for about 15 days after the vintage. Once the stalks are removed, the grapes are gently pressed and the must obtained is fermented, stabilized and mat... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Ajello Zibibbo Bianco IGT 2008

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    Fantastic! Read More

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Feudi del Pisciotto Versace Nero d'Avola 2009

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    Melhor nero davola ever. Read More

    Wine review by SergioL


  • Sikelia Sicily Nero d'Avola 2010

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    Blackberry...a bit acidic on initial attack, but one night in the fridge mellowed it out a bit. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Feudo Montoni Catarratto Sicilia IGT 2011

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    Quite assertively perfumed, this is bursting with notes of beeswax, amaretti, smoke, bitter orange rind, rosemary and toasty fennel seeds.Rich and rather broad in the mouth, though not lacking acidity, this lacks a bit of vibrancy on the palate as it delivers rather mineral spiked flavors of bitter melon fruit. This is a rather powerful and asse... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • I am an American, with relatives in Sicily, town of Menfi, where the local communal cantina, Sette Soli,  produces the Mandrarossa line of  wines. I recently visited with my family for the first time in over a decade. While I am no wine connoisseur, I found the wines quite good, and would be interested in the views of others who have tried the v... Read More

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  • Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola 2012

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    The wine itself is somewhat lighter in color than many heavier red wines, but it presents a lovely nose of blackberry, tart cherry, rich leather, dried spices and an interesting twang. The taste was surprising, I was expecting it to be rather tart based on the nose, but rather it was very smooth with tastes of sweet berries, plum and a bit of f... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Goose Bump Velvety Red 2010

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    Wine review by aeidbo


  • to EMARK:  Prosecco is a fun, bubbly sipper too. Most Prosecco have good ... to you!  The wines of Sicily are really rocking these days - wines made from the nero d'avola grape would be a fun try.  Happy sipping!&nbs Read More

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  • Terre Nero d'Avola 2010

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    Wine review by MetteinCoMo


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