Red Wine, Sicily

According to Greek legend, the god of wine Dionysus was the first to have planted a vineyard in Sicily; kick-starting the viticulture of the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. It's one of the biggest wine producing regions in Italy with Veneto and Emilio Romagna the only two Italian regions that produce more. In all, the island has an impressive 134,000 hectares under vine although this area is shrinking year by year. This region produces a wide range of wines, both table and dessert wines and the grapes most famously grown there are the Nero d’Avola and Catorrato varietals. Nerello Mascalese is used to make the Etna Rosso DOC wine from the volcanic Mt Etna and Frappato is a the main grape of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG.

Sicily is blessed with the most favorable climate. The summers are hot and it hardly rains, and the winters are not that cold and frost is rare. The Mediterranean climate is ideal for growing wine grapes as the coastal winds drying out grapes overnight. Because of the warm and relatively dry climate, there are less risk of rot and mildew among the grapes, so chemical sprays are rarely used. The soil of Sicily is rocky and enriched with minerals that absorb the heat during the day and release it at night, which helps the grape vines maintain an even temperature while the air around it gets cooler.
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  1. Poggio Anima 'Asmodeus' Nero D'Avola Sicilia 2020
    "In the Book of Tobias, an ancient Hebrew text, Asmodeus is the Demon of Lust. It is said that when Cain killed Abel, Adam and Eve separated for 130 years. During this time, Adam was tempted by Naamah and Lillith, two ... Learn More
  2. Poggio Anima 'Raphael' Rosato Sicilia 2020
    Soil type is brown clay over limestone. The grapes were handpicked: Zibibbo in mid-August and early September for the Syrah. The Zibibbo was pressed and kept very cold halting fermentation in tank. When the Syrah came in it was quickly ... Learn More
  3. Tenuta di Aglaea Thalia Etna Rosso 2015
    Thalia is a word of Sicilian dialect and resembles ‘look’ as in ‘look there!’ It is also the name of one of the Three Graces in ancient Greek history. ... Learn More
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  4. Passopisciaro Etna Rosso 2016
    From vineyards of between 70 and 100 years of age Decanter "Andrea Franchetti’s wines helped put Etna on the map. So charming and appealing already, it has delicate and pretty raspberry, cream and gentle spice. Burgundian delicacy and lacy style. I ... Learn More
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  5. Passopischiaro P Porcaria 2017
    Contrada Porcaria is considered Mount Etna’s most famous and sought-after contrade because of the lush, robust wines it produces. Wild cherry, crushed mint, forest floor and graphite aromas shape the nose on this gorgeous wine along with an earthy ... Learn More
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