Pietradolce | Sicily, Italy
Pietradolce can be found in the Sicilian town of Castiglione di Sicilia on the Northern slopes of Mount Etna. In a very short time they have become one of the finest producers from Sicily, their flagship wine, an Etna Rosso called Vigna Barbagalli, has already received 100 points from James Suckling.
With a desire to stay true to their terroir, Pietradolce only cultivates grape varieties that are native to the Mount Etna region and these include the following three grape varieties: Nerello Mascalese, a late harvesting grape creating light coloured wines that display a red fruit character and gentle tannins allowing the wines to be approachable at a young age, but also suitable for ageing. Nerello Cappuccio typically has a black fruit character that tends to be softer and less precise than its Mascalese counterpart. There are those who say Cappuccio is to Mascalese, what Merlot is to Cabernet. Finally, the winery also grows Carricante, a white grape variety that makes up the excellent Etna Bianco and is occasionally used to soften red varieties like Nerello Mascalese.
The wines of Etna are Pietradolce’s passion and it is a combination of respect for their tradition and modern viticulture techniques that enable them to make truly spectacular wines that express the unique terroir of Mount Etna.