Sicily Italy

Sicily was also referred to in ancient times as “the island of the Sun”.

Sicily

Sicily is Italy’s southernmost region, and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. For more than 2500 years Sicily (Sicilia in Italian) has been a significant center of Mediterranean viniculture, although the reputation and style of its wines has changed significantly over that time.

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Grapes

There are three key red grapes: Nero d’Avola, Frappato and Nerello Mascalese. Nero d’Avola is the primary grape in the Cerasuolo di Vittoria Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG), an appellation in the south, where it’s partnered with Frappato. For white wines, Catarratto is the most planted grape in Sicily., then Grillo and Inzolia are used in the base blend for Marsala, and on Mount Etna Carricante is the primary variety behind the white wines that are sometimes referred to as Etna Bianco. It’s dry and medium-bodied with zippy acidity. Sicilian cuisine is just as exciting as its wines. It is exotic and bears the imprint of the different peoples that have occupied the island over the centuries: Greeks, Romans, Normans, Spanish, Arabs, French and northern Italians.

Nero d’Avola

In the Sicilian dialect, Nero d’Avola means “black from Avola.” It is a very dark-skinned grape varietal that is typically high in tannins with medium acidity and a full body. This varietal can express itself in many different ways, from years of aging in oak barrels, to young and fresh wines made for immediate consumption. Since Nero d’Avola is so generous in color, it is also commonly used to produce rosé wines.

Nerello Mascalese

Nerello Mascalese is a dark, thick skinned grape varietal that mostly grows on the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna. The characteristics are medium to small oval grapes of light blue color. The varietal is actually part of the extended Sangiovese family.

Nerello Cappuccio

Nerello Cappuccio is a dark-skinned grape variety that takes the name “cappuccio” from the appearance of the vine having a thick crown or cap that hides the grapes from view. Nerello Cappuccio produces a soft wine with intense color, with cherry flavors on the palate that can reach high acidity levels and boisterous tannins.

Negroamaro

Negroamaro’s name is derived from the Greek and Latin words “mavros” and “niger” both meaning black, and refers to the dark color of the berries. Wines are medium bodied, with typical aromas of black fruit, tobacco and dried berries.

Malvasia delle Lipari

Malvasia delle Lipari is a white grape variety from Sicily that offers great depth and complexity. The berry is white, with tender and thin skin, golden-yellow flesh and a sweet and aromatic flavor. Malvasia di Lipari is generally vinified after drying, making its condensed flavors ideal for dessert wines. It has a sweet and delicate scent, with notes of honey, ripe apricot and tamarind.

Grillo

Grillo is another word in Sicilian for “pips,” referring to the seeds in grapes. It is an ancient white grape variety, most famous for its role in the island’s fortified Marsala wines. The berries are small, with thick skins covered with bloom. The color of their peel is a greenish yellow that takes on reddish hues in the final stage of maturation. The wines obtained from Grillo are of a pale and bright straw yellow color. The fruity and citrus scents integrate with the floral notes of wild flowers and orange blossom. On the palate the wine is fresh and well structured with a pleasant, slightly sapid and mineral finish.

Frappato

Frappato is one of Sicily’s oldest grape varieties. The bunches are compact, in a pyramidal shape, with medium size round-oval berries. This variety is characterized by low acidity, low tannins and low sugar concentration, which means shorter fermentation and low alcohol levels. Frappato comes from the Latin word “fresia” which means strawberry – the main aroma that characterizes the wine and suggests its light red color.

Carricante

Carricante is an ancient white grape variety indigenous to Sicily. This late-ripening white variety is commonly blended with Catarratto, but as a varietal wine, it produces a fresh, lightly fragrant wine with marked acidity. Like Chardonnay, Carricante is often subject to malolactic fermentation. The word Carricante comes from the Italian “caricare” meaning to “load up,” referring to the grape’s heavy yields and to when grapes were carried on a cart pulled by donkeys down the steep slopes of Mt. Etna.

Cataratto

Cataratto is a semi-aromatic white grape variety mainly planted in Sicily. Catarratto wines are generally fresh whites with a medium to full structure, mild acidity and a moderate alcohol level. The aromatic profile tends toward citrus fruit such as lemon, flowers, and tropical fruit with a touch of fine herbs and sweet spices. It typically has excellent salinity and a mineral feeling on the finish. It is commonly blended with Carricante.

Wines

The island was once most famous for sweet Muscats (see Pantelleria), and later fortified Marsala. Today many of its best-known wines are dry table wines produced under the regional IGT title Terre Siciliane, or the Sicilia DOC. Blessed with consistently bright sunshine and reliably moderate rainfall, Sicily's classic Mediterranean climate is ideally suited to the production of wine grapes. The warm, dry climate means that mildews and rots are kept to a minimum, particularly in well-ventilated areas that benefit from coastal breezes. This low disease pressure means that chemical sprays are hardly needed, so much Sicilian wine is produced from organic grapes.

Baglio del Sole
Sicily
Inzolia Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Baglio del Sole
Sicily
Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Cantine Colosi
Sicily
Bianco Terre Siciliane IGP
Italy
Cantine Colosi
Sicily
Grillo Sicilia DOC
Italy
Cantine Colosi
Sicily
Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC
Italy
Cantine Colosi
Sicily
Passito Sicilia IGP
Italy
Cantine Colosi
Sicily
Rosso Terre Siciliane IGP
Italy
Cantine Colosi
Sicily
Salina Bianco Salina IGP
Italy
Cantine Colosi
Sicily
Salina Rosso Salina IGP
Italy
Cantine Colosi
Secca del Capo
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Davolarosa Brut Rosé Terre Siciliane IGP
Italy
Ecolosi
Sicily
Catarratto-Pinot Grigio
Italy
Ecolosi
Sicily
Nero d’Avola
Italy
Ecolosi
Sicily
Rosé
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Ferré Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Ferretti Chardonnay Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Grillo Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
L’Eterno Pinot Noir Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Marengo Frappato Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Missoni Cabernet Sauvignon Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Tirsat Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Valentino Merlot Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Valli Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG
Italy
Feudi del Pisciotto
Sicily
Versace Nero d’Avola Terre Siciliane IGT
Italy
Feudo di Santa Tresa
Sicily
Avulisi Nero d’Avola Sicilia IGT
Italy
Feudo di Santa Tresa
Sicily
Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico DOCG
Italy
Feudo di Santa Tresa
Sicily
Frappato Terre Siciliane IGP
Italy
Feudo di Santa Tresa
Sicily
Grillo di Santa Tresa Brut
Italy
Feudo di Santa Tresa
Sicily
Nivuro Sicilia IGT
Italy
Feudo di Santa Tresa
Sicily
Rina Ianca Grillo Viognier Terre Siciliane IGP
Italy
Giovanni Rosso Etna
Sicily
Bianco DOC
Italy
Giovanni Rosso Etna
Sicily
Rosso DOC
Italy
Purato
Sicily
Cattaratto Pinot Grigio Terre Siciliane IGP
Italy
Purato
Sicily
Nero d’Avola Sicilia DOC
Italy
Purato
Sicily
Rosé Terre Siciliane IGP
Italy
Purato
Sicily
Siccari Terre Siciliane IGP
Italy