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

  • Palomino

    History of the grape: Palomino is split into three types: Palomino Fino, Palomino de Jerez and Palomino Basto. All of...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Sicily

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  • Feudi Principi Di Butera

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

  • Donnafugata

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

  • Pellegrino

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

  • Spadafora, Azienda Agricola

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

  • Cantine Settesoli

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

  • Cusumano

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

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Regaleali le Rose 2014


    Binny's 8/2015. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Regaleali Bianco Sicilia Tasca 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Been out all day chasing meetings across various parts of town. Breakfast at ... syrah from, of all places, Sicily. Sole dei Padre 2008 from Spadafora. Think it got a 92 from WS back whenever I saw that listing, and won a lot of awards at fairs. Opened last night, second half of bottle tonight with the massive burger (guess I must be celebrati... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Tenuta di Fessina Etna Bianco Erse 2013


    Crisp green apple mixed with mineral notes Read More

    Wine review by falle

  • Villa Pozzi Nero d'Avola 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Feudo d'Elimi Grillo Sicily IGT 2011


    Bright, crisp and refreshing with notes of melon, lemon and nectarine. Quaffable, but with layers of fruit and moderate minerality. Pairs well with shellfish, clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, as well as hummus and milder cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by Jay LL

  • Corvo Vino Rosso 2014


    This wine ruby in color is dry and medium-bodied. It displays to the nose aromas of sweet spice, cherry and plum. This dry red features robust tannins. In the mouth a large lively acidity with a lingering finish. I filtered this young wine with my aerator. Read More

    Wine review by Baffetto de Roma

  • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2013


    Delicious. Great for the price ! Read More

    Wine review by bunnies101

  • Villa Pozzi Pinot Grigio Sicilia 2013


    I should note that I'm not sure of the year, but it was served at a local fine dining establishment in May 2015. Actually the least delicious Pinot Grigio I've had. Absolutely no aromas, finishing notes, or even any kind of acidity; just flat and characterless. Read More

    Wine review by kristin6028

  • Ceuso Melia Scurati Sicilia IGT 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • 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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