- On 25 May 2020
- In Food of Sicily
The Unique Etna Wine
The best vineyards in Sicily are on the volcano Etna. Proud, unpredictable and unfriendly. The impetuous nature has shaped a landscape with a harsh face on Etna, marked by cavernous furrows and rough reliefs. Fiery lava, transformed by the air into hard stone, which sinks into the depths of a cobalt sea.
Violent sun and fast clouds that curiously caress the lonely summit of the mountain, a land that does not like compromises and cannot leave you feeling indifferent with its clear, dense and compact colors.
A volcano on the east of an island in the middle of the Mediterranean. A black heart that tells myths, legends and good wine.
The most beautiful vineyards of Etna have the charm of a harmonious disorder, of the spontaneous randomness of nature which wins every attempt at domestication.
Each plant has its own unique and extraordinary shape and history. Lazy and intermittent lava stone terraces that cover the irregular profile of the mountain. Cactus and olive trees that interrupt the vineyard, as old inhabitants of that place.
We are far from the algid and aseptic linear geometry, of the new vineyards, In fact, when you see such vineyards on the volcano, you can hardly believe it. This is the magnetic and dark charm of the volcano and wine from Etna.
The wines of Etna are sons of this extreme land and bring their strong nature into the glass.
Whites do not know the accommodating postmodern softness, but the lashing, citrus and salty acidity of the Carricante, the most popular Etna white grape.
The reds do not have the reassuring and harmonious character of many wines created on an international style, but an essential and austere profile.
They have the delicacy of small wild fruits that grow up in the shadow of the smoked rock, herbs from the Mediterranean scrub and refined spices. Acidity and tannins are, far from being domesticated and sweetened.
This expressive authenticity makes Etna wines unique. A small territory capable of producing great excellence: the Carricante in purity for the whites, the Nerello mascalese, with possibly a small percentage of Nerello cappuccio for the reds.
The word terroir is often abused in the history of wine, but it seems to have been created thinking of Etna, its millenary traditions, its secular vineyards suspended between the sky and the sea.
The uniqueness of a microclimate that blends the warmth of the Mediterranean with the cold of the mountains, generating thermal excursions that are giving intense aromas to the wine.
The soils cast by the Mongibello cone are different from each other, like many children of the same mother.
The trend of the Etna Wine cellars is now oriented to highlight the characteristics of the various areas of the volcano, producing wines that are the expression of a real Cru or even of individual vineyards. A very interesting route, which allows to show up clearly the differences between soils, exposures and altitudes. A bunch of labels that contribute to composing a real mosaic of the Etna area