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The Sicilian wine produced on the slopes of Etna
The Italian wine has never been 1 wine and, today more than ever, an Italian wine is different from any other wine, Italian or not.
Excuse the pun but, in a global market that would take the standardized wine as if it were alcoholic beverages produced industrially, in Italy spreads more and more a cultural identity that wants to enhance and exploit the differences among the various wines produced in various areas dedicated to viticulture.
The wine-growing Heritage Italy boasts a particularly wide, consisting of a large number of species still present in the entire peninsula.
The wine world sees wine production run using very few grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a few others. Vines are easy to grow and excellent production yields compared to the vines, which are highly dependent on their environment and that, if transplanted elsewhere, do not meet the quality requirements.
This trend is causing a flattening of taste and a certain uniformity of wine products, which are similar although from far-flung areas between them.
We at Wines of Etna will help those who, like us, they don't want to drink wine, but want to enjoy each unique wine of genuine feelings, simple, yet complex, only different terroir and closely related to the environment are able to give.
The Italy, and Sicily in particular, are rediscovering and re-evaluating old vines. In Sicily this has already happened with the Nero d'Avola, and is happening with Etna vines: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio or Mantellato, Carricante, Catarratto and Minnella.
The wines of Etna have strong personality: can look between them but each different from each other; He features, age, character and different smells.
In vino dell'Etna differences depend on the species, the type of terrain, from the age of vines, from the climate, exposure of the vineyard, from temperature, surrounding vegetation, plant type, by conduct, by the process of vinification and refinement and all those factors that combine to create a wine that differs from another contrada, wine vintage, producerDespite being produced with the same type of grape.
The French have summarized these differences with a single word: "terroir" and Etna wines can boast numerous terroir, we dare say "a terroir for each wine".
The most valued by the winegrowing areas etnea are three: the hills of the South and the eastern hills particularly suitable for producing fresh and aromatic white wines, but also rosé and red with good body and the hills of the North that are distinguished by their ability to produce also full-bodied and structured red wines for aging, with Mediterranean climatemilder, up to 600 mt. and strong temperature fluctuations between day and night to over 1000 mt, long periods of sunshine and light, well-drained volcanic nature, verging on sandy and sometimes to clay and rich in minerals, conditions that distinguish it from the rest of Etna Sicily Italy, wine and a niche of excellence in the natural and easy adaptation of vines and alien to the terroir.
So, Mount Etna, found their natural habitat, in addition to the native Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio or Mantellato, Carricante, Catarratto and Insolia, Moscato and Nero d'Avola, the imported Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Cesanese et al., today with Centennial alberello vines and vineyards new espalier, most conducted in biological system and then treated with only copper and sulphur.
Already, let's talk about screws production; just like that. Because of Mount Etna, the vineyards have remained free of the phylloxera epidemic that in the second half of the 800 destroyed the vineyards around the world. Etna, with its strongly aerated, sandy soil has not allowed the phylloxera to smother the roots of the vines. So today we have the unique pleasure to enjoy wines from ungrafted vines in cultivated in biological production, avoiding also the extirpation of herbs during growth and maturation of the grapes which is enhanced even odours and scents of welcome herbs, so-called weeds, but that can appeal as living together and cooperating to produce unique wines ... even for the grass, which is also terroir.