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Mount Etna on the Island of Sicily

Italy's southernmost wine region, Sicily, is the largest island in the Mediterranean and in terms of quantity, is one of Italy's most important wine producing regions. In recent times Sicily’s winemakers have moved away from high-volume, unremarkable wines, to focus on quality wines from indigenous grapes of great character. The new wave of dry, well-structured red and white wines could not be further removed from the sweet Marsala and Moscato of the island’s past.

The sea-change was driven in the main by the Planeta family, who established their winery in the Menfi region of the island in 1985. By 1999 they had won Italy's coveted winery of the year award and gained recognition and respect internationally for the quality of their wines. Planeta is now, not only one of the islands top producers, but also one of Italy's greatest and the stunning quality of their wines has encouraged many other long established wineries to raise standards. 

Mount Etna, the towering volcano that dominates Sicily's eastern skyline is responsible for the mineral-rich, dark soils which characterise the Etna DOC vineyards. As Etna increases in popularity a new wave of winemakers are planting vineyards higher up on the volcanic slopes to capitalise on the cooler air and unique terroir the volcano has to offer.

The principle grape varieties used in Sicilian wine production are a combination of indigenous island varieties such as: Nero d'Avola, Frappato, Grillo, Carricante, Catarratto and Nerello Mascalese, alongside the more fashionable international grape varieties of Merlot, Chardonnay and Syrah.

The Sicilian wine industry has received significant investment in recent years, particularly from producers on mainland Italy, which demonstrates that there has never been more interest in its vibrant, charismatic and captivating wines.

 

 

Il Barroccio IGT Rosso Terre Siciliane 2018

From £8.25 - per bottle
From sunny Sicily this is a juicy, fruity and spicy Nero d'Avola... Read More...
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Feudo Arancio Syrah 2017

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Great value Sicilian Syrah that is smooth, rich and velvety... Read More...
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Pietradolce Etna Rosato 2018

From £16.50 - per bottle
The Pietradolce Etna Rosato is a Sicilian rosé wine made from the local... Read More...
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Pietradolce Etna Bianco 2018

From £17.75 - per bottle
The Pietradolce Etna Bianco is a white wine made from the local Carricante... Read More...
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Pietradolce Etna Rosso 2017

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The Pietradolce Etna Rosso is a red wine made from the Nerello Mascalese... Read More...
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Tasca Lamùri Nero d'Avola 2016

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The Tasca Lamùri is made from a selection of Nero d’Avola grapes cultivated... Read More...
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Tasca Antisa Catarratto 2017

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The Tasca Antisa Catarratto is sourced from the Regaleali Estate in the centre... Read More...
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Tasca Cavallo delle Fate Grillo 2017

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Grillo, which translates as "cricket," is a historical Sicilian white wine grape variety,... Read More...
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Graci Etna Bianco 2018

From £19.95 - per bottle
The Graci Etna Bianco is sourced from a vineyard of 2.5 ha in... Read More...
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Graci Etna Rosso 2016

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The Graci Etna Rosso is made from the indigenous Nerello Mascalese grape. Pale... Read More...
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Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco 2018

From £32.50 - per bottle
The Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco is made from 100% Carricante grapes grown in... Read More...
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Pietradolce Archineri Etna Rosso 2016

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The Pietradolce Archineri Etna Rosso is made from 100% Nerello Mascalese grapes grown... Read More...
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Tenuta di Passopisciaro Passobianco IGT 2017

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Instead of the indigenous Carricante, which grows on the eastern side of the... Read More...
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Tenuta di Passopisciaro Passorosso IGT 2016

From £34.50 - per bottle
 A Pinot Noir substitute in terms of food and wine matching... Read More...
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Tenuta di Passopisciaro Franchetti IGT 2010

From £86.50 - per bottle
The top wine produced at Passopisciaro, a Super-Etnean wine of Petit Verdot and Cesanese d’Affile... Read More...
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