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 ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Carricante

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Ugni Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in Etna View all

  • 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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  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Calderara Sottana Rosso Etna Sicily 2012


    Deep ruby color. Spicy with a hint of smoke. Strong mouth feel but soft tannins Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co

  • Yes Emark, baseball is played here in Australia, and the left field is the same ... Sosta Tre Santi Nicosia IGT Etna Sicilia Nerello Mascalese. They only made 3,500 bottles of it, and 8 of them went down at the tasting. Yes it is expensive -A$85.00 (what do you expect? You have to pay danger money to somebody who farms vines 750m =2460 feet, up... Read More

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  • Terre Nerre Etna Rosso


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    Wine review by mark

  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 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


    No written review

    Wine review by La Lonza

  • Murgo Etna Rosso DOC 2009


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    Wine review by La Lonza

  • Passopisciaro Rosso Sicily 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by mark

  • 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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