/ the vines
THE CHOICE / THE VINES
Nerello Mascalese is an ancient grape, it is said to be over a thousand years old, and is endemic to Etna. It has adapted perfectly to the steep slopes and the particular microclimate. Its medium-large bunch and the relative ease of management make it the historical prince of Etna production. Elegant and mineral wines are obtained from this vine.
Carricante and Catarratto
Carricante is typical of Etna wine production and I call it “Il Grande”, due to its very abundant production. It can also live very high up on the volcano and is capable of providing the wine with extraordinary freshness and liveliness. From this vine a very long aging wine is obtained.
Carricante is, in essence, an extraordinary grape and variety, yet to be discovered and enhanced, increasingly looking for more specific aromas and nuances, also risking daring refinements. Therefore, a job more of passion than commercial readiness.
Catarratto is also a white grape variety, it is not indigenous to Etna and can be found in many Sicilian areas. Cultivated on Etna, it grows in clusters with peculiar and unique organoleptic characteristics that can produce very savoury and fragrant wines.