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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