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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Grillo

Subregions of Sicily

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  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

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

  • Pellegrino

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

  • Cantine Settesoli

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Feudo Montoni

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

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

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Sicily on Snooth

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

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  • 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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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Nicosia Catarratto

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    No written review

    Wine review by JoeK99


  • Colosi Terre Siciliane Dry 2014

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    Purchased at Binny's, 12/2016. This bottle was opened at Power's Italian dinner night. It was the 2nd of a two bottle night and it absolutely won this tasting hands down. Evidently most wine made from the Nero d'Avola grape and I are kindred spirits.I have rarely had an average bottle, plus it is easy on the wallet. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Squadra Rosso 2014

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    Red fruit forward, luscious wine. Then on day three, started losing power in the fridge. Drink in two days. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899


  • Finding myself a little more curious as to what's going on at this price ... ... soils of Mt. Etna from Sicily, which isn't a bad statement to make or conversation starter when opening a wine here in the States. There are certainly many more regions to think about in France and Italy alone.I did try Tenuta delle Terre Nere's basic bottling of... Read More

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  • 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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