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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Sicily

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...

  • Arancio Grillo

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

  • Donnafugata

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

  • Tasca D'Almerita

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

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

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

  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • This really is good, envigorating, refreshing wine. Love the Aeolians, and ... SICILY, ITALY 201     SommSelect Editorial Director David Lynch exults over the mix of fresh fruit and sea spray in this quintessential “island white.” This is a special wine from a special place.Right after I get done saying how much I like to drink Barolo during th... Read More

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  • Gaetano d'Aquino Moscato

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    Nice inexpensive wine but taste semi expensive. Goes great with pasta, and salmon, as well as desert especially chocolate Read More

    Wine review by Skangethe


  • Feudo di Santa Tresa Purato Pinot Grigio 2013

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    I always was skeptical about so called organic wines... but this one is really nice for it's price. Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Tenute Nicosia Insolia Sicilia 2015

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Itynera Nero d'Avola Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    Deep ruby color. Full bodied wine with a hint of tobacco in the nose and aftertaste, with dark chocolate in it as well. Very persistent finnish. Read More

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • 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

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  • Feudo di Santa Tresa Purato Organic Nero d'Avola From Sicily 2010

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    smooth red with hints of fruit flavor. rating should be 5 glasses, but it would only allow me to rate it 4.5 glasses. Read More

    Wine review by doowaa73


  • 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


  • 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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