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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  • 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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  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso Sicilia 2010


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    Wine review by drsint

  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2010


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    Wine review by drsint

  • Graci Etna Rosso 2009


    I have had several Etna Rosso's before coming across the Graci. They all share similar flavor profiles but while the other Etna Rosso's have been light with thin structure, the Graci really delivered with a med to full bodied compelling mouthfeel. Upon opening, it was very Burgundian on the nose with loamy forest floor smells. The nose reminded ... Read More

    Wine review by BTKerne

  • Tenuta di Fessina Etna Bianco a Puddara 2009


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    Wine review by luca chevalier

  • Firriato Etna Rosso 2008


    More greedy than volcanicdrunk today with roast beef. Wine on juicy fruit juicy (cherry). Slight pleasant hints of smoke. Slides very well. 14 ° anyway, but no sensation of heat. To open at least one hour before to find the crisp fruit, and not let the temperature rise above 18 ° C. Maturity: Drink todayOpinion on the maturity: Few still keep on... Read More

    Wine review by cyril

  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Santo Spirito Etna Rosso Sicily 2008


    Very fruit forward with hints of spice and earthiness. Light-medium bodied and paired well with the halibut we enjoyed when opening this bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Sara Weinbrom

  • Firriato Etna Rosso DOC 2009


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    Wine review by luca chevalier

  • Tenuta di Fessina Erse Rosso Etna DOC 2008


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    Wine review by lmmendel513

  • Benanti Etna Pietramarina Superiore 2005


    Pietramarina Etna Bianco Superiore is an intriguing wine made by Giuseppe Benanti and his sons Antonio and Salvino. Its from a vineyard on the eastern side of Etna, with 80 year old vines, in sandy and volcanic soil. Its made from the Carricante variety, a vine only cultivated on Etna. Greenish golden in color, stony mineral, flowers, and citr... Read More

    Wine review by tonifad

  • Fiume di Lava Petit Verdot Etna 2007


    This dark purple wine unsurprisingly has just as strong an aroma as its color, with notes of tobacco, raspberry, roses, and mint. Its flavor has a fruity, spicy quality that is supported well by balanced tannins, which makes for a smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mimi Kim

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