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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

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  • Tenuta delle Terre Nere

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

  • Al - Cantàra

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

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  • 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

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  • Valcerasa Etna Rosso 2007

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  • Valcerasa Etna Rosso 2007

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    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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  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2011

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  • Azienda Girolamo Russo San Lorenzo Etna Rosso DOC 2007

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    The wine is produced with 98% Nerello Mascalese and with 2% Nerello Cappuccio ...-etna-rosso-doc Read More

    Wine review by vino in love


  • Azienda Girolamo Russo 'A Rina Etna Rosso DOC 2008

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    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Azienda Girolamo Russo 'A Rina Etna Rosso DOC 2008

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    Alcohol by volume was listed at 14%.On the palate, I enjoyed the smoothness of ... which gives this Rosso dell'Etna a warming feeling. The body was medium. 'A Rina has had a long and elegant finish.Tasting notes from Vino in Love: http://vinoinlove.com/2008-azienda-girolamo-russo-a-rin Read More

    Wine review by vino in love


  • Passopisciaro Rosso Sicily 2005

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    Wine review by Barberolo


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