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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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  • Frappato

  • Ugni Blanc

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

  • Carricante

  • Catarratto

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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  • Tenuta Della Terre Nere Etna Rosso Sottana Calderara 2010


    Loads of red fruit, minerals, and bright acid on the pallet. Nice firm Tannins. This is an excellent wine from the volcanic rocky soil of Sicily. Read More

    Wine review by dontdivedrunk

  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2010


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    Wine review by La Lonza

  • Murgo Etna Rosso DOC 2009


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    Wine review by La Lonza

  • Graci Etna Bianco "Quota 600" 2009


    Out of the bottle this wine was a not my fave. Not sure I gave it enough time to breath. It is a very light colored wine Had a glass the next day after pumping the bottle and enjoyed it. Read More

    Wine review by nikhilbott

  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2010


    Full body but lighter flavor. Fresh finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • The geology of the region can  impact the minerality greatly. Mt. Vesuvius ... activity. Sicily's Mt Etna wines the same. They don' t  need time for  root growth of great depths. The same is true of some other wine regions around the world. In alluvial soils it takes much longer to reach bedrock to gain minerality.    It is important what was s... Read More

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  • I'm Paolo Demagistris, a wine enthusiast, heir with no grapes of a Barolo ... of Verdicchio and Pecorino, Etna red and various Aglianico's. South Tirol is the closest thing we have similar to Germany and Austria. Beautiful but not for me. In my region Piemonte I love my grand  fathers stuff, old style - no barrique. And Valle d'Aosta is my spi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Valcerasa Etna Rosso 2007


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    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Valcerasa Etna Rosso 2007


    The nose showed intense cherry and cranberry sauce with exotic spices, menthol, ... fresh and zesty with all the Etna character I crave. I enjoyed it quite a bit and highly recommend i Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2011


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    Wine review by drsint

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