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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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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...

  • Donnafugata

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

  • Arancio Grillo

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

  • Pellegrino

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Hauner Hiera Salina IGT 2009


    Un vino le cui uve sono coltivate sull'Isola di Vulcano (eolie) a 400m sul livello del mare. Un vino degli aromi magici che richiamo il fiore del cappero, il fico d'india, il cacao, piccoli frutti rossi. Un vino intenso cresciuto su terreni vulcanici, equilibrato, dai tannini che lasciano un retrogusto di zagara e miele. Una buona persistenza co... Read More

    Wine review by Giorgio

  • Donnafugata Anthilia Sicily 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by knalselder

  • Monte Olimpo Lusso Rosso Italy Sicily Sicily Nero D 'Avola Syrah 2009


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    Wine review by weezyjack

  • Bianco Maggiore Grillo 2012


    I bought this bottle of white wine for £8 from a shop in London's Kensington ... an ancient variety native to Sicily and which is used in the production of Marsala although this is a simple bottle of white wine rather than he fortified Marsala. The grillo grape is good at withstanding the hot and dry conditions of Sicily.The Cantine Rallo wine... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Benanti Nero d'Avola Il Drappo Sicilia IGT 2005


    I haven't tried this one yet.I have tasted many of Benanti"Mt.Etna"wines w/Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio blended together.It has Burgundian elements to it.Very surprising,but very good.It must be a combination of Volcanic soil,elevation,along w/those two grapes blended together.I love wines(both red and white) from Mt.Etna...Worth expl... Read More

    Wine review by vjg6014

  • Ca' di Ponti Sicilia Nero d'Avola 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [ ... town of ... town of Avola in south-east Sicily although it is now grown in other parts of the world like Turkey,California and Australia. It thrives in hot and arid conditions and is the most common red variety in Sicily. My bottle was made by Adria Vini,a business jointly o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2010


    This wine is produced by Tenuta delle Terre Nere, a winery in Randazzo (Sicily), on the northern Etna slopes. Read More

    Wine review by Marco C

  • Gina Nero d'Avola Sicilia IGT 2010


    a simple table wine, too sweet for this grape... but it's a 10$ wine, so ok ok... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS

  • Tasca Regaleali le Rose Nerello Mascalese Sicily 2013


    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

  • Tasca Regaleali le Rose Nerello Mascalese Sicily 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

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