Etna Wine


Etna is a region within the Catania province of the Italian island of Sicily. The open geographic location has been home to many cultures and civilizations since pretty much the dawn of time, starting with the Greeks, who first planted wine grapes there since the 8th century BC. As cultures rose and fell, so did the wine production. Though the region was the first to be granted DOC status in all of Sicily in 1968, most considered Etna wines fairly unremarkable compared to the rest of Italy. But that opinion is rapidly changing. 
Etna is, of course, located near Mount Etna, still an active volcano, with the vineyards on its northern (Randazzo) and southern slopes (Santa Maria di Licodia). The soil is volcanic mixed with a large percentage of sand. These factors are understandably tricky to work with, which is why so much of the wine was somewhat perfunctory until recently, when producers began to appreciate these conditions. Such sandy soil is a major Phylloxera deterent, so the Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Carricante

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

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  • Al - Cantàra

    Abbiamo voluto denominare così la nostra Azienda perchè il vino prodotto proviene da uve coltivat...

  • 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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  • Theresa Eccher "Altero" Etna Rosso DOC 2011


    Great wine prephylloxera. Vineyard 120 years old at about 800 meters above sea level. Intense smell of cherries and small red fruits, tobacco and coffee. In mouth its larghe, long lasting, really complex and structured. Great. Read More

    Wine review by Omariel

  • Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore 2014


    Pale yellow color. Somewhat floral nose. Lightly sweetish on the tip of the tongue. A somewhat viscous initial mouthfeelnot unlike poaching syrup. As the wine passes back, acid tartness really emerges. Then, minerality. A very lean wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • 2 X Aeris WInes 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore.A Sicilian wine made from the Carricante grape.  Ever heard of that? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Dave, that's  the guy I've told you about who used to work for ... ... work of a 2015 Sicilian (Etna) Red that was on the reasonably priced and pretty good side of things, halfway between a cocktail wine and food win Read More

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  • Met up with Mark and Roger, along with our wives and Ryan last night @ AR ... ... Roger picked up a 14' Etna Rosso (Sicilian) while in town, and I had been trying to figure what Burgundy to bring all week. As the day wore on, it became apparent I wasn't going to be able to make it to my storage locker, but luckily I had some good options at ho... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina

  • I've debated posting on this thread for the past few days.It's an ... ... ... up a few bottles of a Mt Etna white that I would never have looked for but I'm quite happy to have found, as well as a California Carignan and an Argentine Trousseau. And I drank those before opening anything I had in the cellar because, well, I just couldn't wait!Bu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Buying wine system

  • Yep.I tasted over 100 wines yesterday and wrote short notes on each. I looked ... with a nice white from Mt. Etna.Should have gone with tha Read More

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  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy ... Italy: Barolo, Barbaresco, Etna Rosso, there can be no end to this line. Has anyone heard of this relatively new producer called "Raineri"? Their Monserra Barolo is quite stellar if you like the new world treatment for your Nebbiolo!7. Mexico: Casa Valmar (Mentione... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • The 2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso is starting to hit shelves, as good or better than the '14 supposedly. Looking forward to trying that.Had a nice Edmond Cornu Bourgogne the other night. Almost meaty and Rhine like, it was very dark fruited and structured. Went well with garlic prawns and Peking duck. Available for $19.99 at one east c... Read More

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  • Yes I am all for superior drinkability under $20. I like the Etna suggestion!  For an undeniably reliable daily drinker affordable and going with so many things I would add Côte du Rhône. Like everything, some labels better than others.  Read More

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