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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Grillo

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Subregions of Sicily

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  • Cantine Settesoli

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

  • Donnafugata

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

  • Feudi Principi Di Butera

    Il Feudo Principi di Butera si estende in provincia di Caltanissetta nelle antiche terre del F...

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

    Tenuta delle Terre Nere is the fruit of over 30 years of passion and work in the world of fine...

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

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

  • Cusumano

    Years of intense exchange between us and Sicily. Only one rule: natural simplicity in doing things.

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Met up with Mark and Roger, along with our wives and Ryan last night @ AR ... ... 14' Terre Nere wines of Sicily. Unsurprisingly the Pataille Marsannay was my favorite wine of the evening...I will post the notes in my budget burg journal. The groups wine of the night was probably the 2012 Domaine Weinbach Grand Cru Riesling. It had an attracti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Cusumano Nero d'Avola 2015

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    Toasted vanilla notes of dark blackberry jam on the nose with floral violet accents and a fair bit of spice. This is dry, austere and concentrated on the palate, with raisiny notes of dark plum, fit and blackberry and a tart finish of drying tannin and smoky espresso. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Stemmari Pinot Noir 2014

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    Interesting wine in that the color is dark ruby tinged with a bit of purple and the nose is dark fruit and dark cherries; but the palate is classic Italian with light fruit and high acidity with little residual sugar. It is a simple wine that would be best served with chicken, pork or pasta instead of served alone as a appetizer. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Tascante Nerello Mascalese 2013

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    light and floral Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • See that REST OF THE WORLD section above...it includes the Canaries!I am ... wines), Sicily, Croatia, Liguria (northwestern Italy), Tasmania (Australia) Read More

    Forum post in the topic DID YOU KNOW THAT THE CANARY...


  • Terramore Organic Nero d'Avola

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    Same, Total Wine bottle. First time I have a bottle marked as "Organic". This Italian grape is usually a bit tart and it's just 1 year old wine, so I would say this is expected, and this is what i like about it! velvety dark berries nose with cane sugar. same dark berries with maple in flavor. short wild cherry aftertaste with very little vanill... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rose 2014

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    Wine review by docdom


  • Time to give this thread another kickstart.I posted way back on having a bottle ... found some killer reds from Sicily and I'll add this Feudi del Pisciotto Frappato to that list. Medium bodied with some really nice red and black cherry components. There are some fine grained tannins and a nice bit of acidity here but nothing overly complex. I ... Read More

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  • Danzante Marchesi De' Frescobaldi Merlot 2009

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Tenute Nicosia Frappato Sicilia 2015

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • It is beautiful a beautiful Mediterranean island, with very hospitable people, who would do everything to make you feel at home, comfortable, and...well fed! I love Sicily!

    Comment by 511253Cristina Ferrara 511253 Cristina Ferrara


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