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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Varietals Produced in Etna View all

  • Ugni Blanc

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

  • Carricante

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Sangiovese

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

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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Etna on Snooth

  • 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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  • Finding myself a little more curious as to what's going on at this price ... in the South of France, and Etna Rosso from the volcanic soils of Mt. Etna from Sicily, which isn't a bad statement to make or conversation starter when opening a wine here in the States. There are certainly many more regions to think about in France and Italy alone.I... Read More

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  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... ... crowd to share, some Etna blanco, some de Sousa Champagne, and just a little Italian red.  No Chianti at all.  (They are also the importers for Collosorbo, but that never makes it into the sale.  Since they are the importer and you are buying at the wholesale pr... Read More

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  • Patria Etna Bianco 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Bianco 2014

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    Wine review by Eno916


  • Tenuta di Fessina Etna Bianco Erse 2013

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    Crisp green apple mixed with mineral notes Read More

    Wine review by falle


  • Benanti Etna Serra Della Contessa 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Almost a good enough excuse for a visit to NYC... Cornelissen's Best ... ... over 3,000 feet on Mont Etna. We had the great pleasure of trying the 2013s in April, and the wines are the best we’ve had yet! The vintage produced wines that are chiseled and fresh, but still carry the concentrated power and complex structure of grapes grown on Etn... Read More

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  • Tenuta Delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso 2010

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    This wine is produced by Tenuta delle Terre Nere, a winery in Randazzo (Sicily), on the northern Etna slopes. www.tenutaterrenere.com Read More

    Wine review by 1518654Marco C 1518654 Marco C


  • Well, he's also making wine in Brooklyn, which is where I am now. So if the ... those in Burgundy, the Jura, Etna.Well, maybe wine culture is rooted in those things, and certainly the Brits have been drinking wine for longer than the US existed. But in the 1950s and 60s, for most people in Britain, wine was viewed much as it was in the US - som... Read More

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