Sicilian wines - Where tradition meets diversity
Sicily, the southernmost region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean, has an impressive winemaking history of more than 2500 years. Over time, the reputation and style of Sicilian wines has changed significantly. In the past, the island was best known for its sweet Muscat wine and the famous Marsala. Today, many of the best-known wines are dry table wines produced under the regional IGT title of Terre Siciliane or Sicilia DOC.
Insights into the unique soils and terroirs of Sicily's wines
A fascinating feature of Sicilian viticulture is its soils and terroirs. Majestic Mount Etna, the towering stratovolcano, dominates the island's eastern skyline and is responsible for the mineral-rich, dark soils that characterize Etna DOC vineyards. Winemakers have recognized that the higher slopes of the volcano bring lots of advantages, offering cooler air and richer soils.
Further south, the Iblei Mountains play an important role in eastern Sicilian viticulture. The DOC areas of Siracusa, Noto, Eloro and Vittoria extend along the lower slopes of the mountains and the coastal plains below, forming a crescent that mirrors the arcuate coastline. These regions provide optimal conditions for viticulture and contribute to the diversity of Sicilian wines.
Native grape varieties: Discover the unique character of the wines of Sicily
The Sicilian wine world is characterized by a wide range of grape varieties, including both native and imported varieties. Among the most important native grape varieties are Nero d'Avola and Catarratto. Marsala, a well-known Sicilian liquor wine, is made from the white grape varieties Grillo and Inzolia or in the red version of Nero d'Avola, Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Capuccino. Another important sweet wine of the island is Moscato di Pantelleria, made from the grape variety Muscat di Alexandria.
Other significant grape varieties of Sicily include Grecanico, Zibibbo, Perricone, Nocera and Frappato. Frappato is particularly noteworthy as it is the main component of Sicily's only DOCG wine, Cerasuolo di Vittoria, together with Nero d'Avola. Its sibling varieties, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, although less important in terms of volume, play a big role around Etna.
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