Vineyard (s): Zottorinoto-Chiusa Spagnolo, Feudo di Mezzo-Porcaria, Crasà, Piano dei Daini
Varietal (s): Nerello Mascalese 100%
Average age of vines: 60+ years
Vinification: Destemming and light crushing of the grapes
Fermentation: starting with a “pied-de-cuve” using only indigenous yeasts and skin contact for about 60 days
Aging: In neutral epoxy tanks from 2500 liters to 7000 liters
Filtering: Before bottling with PP cartridges of 5 micron
Sulphur: values can vary from 5 to 30 mg/l., added or not, depending on the quality of grapes and stability of the wine.
Annual production: 12.000 bottles
First vintage: 2001
Denomination: Etna Rosso DOP or IGP Terre Siciliane Nerello Mascalese
Bottle type: Dark burgundy bottle
Available sizes: 375ML, 750ML, 1500ML, 3000ML and 5000ML (special request only)
Recommended stemware: Zalto Burgundy
Region: Etna, Northern valley
Its first eruptions occurred about 570,000 years ago, in the Ionian area, long before that Etna– as we know it today – was formed.
The building up of the volcanic edifice has been interrupted over the centuries by several collapses.
The current Valle del Bove, originated 9200 years ago, is a consequence of Etna collapse phase that involves most of the recent geological history of the volcanic complex. Today the summit area consists in 4 summit craters, the Central one, the West Chasm or Bocca nuova (new mouth) , the North sub-terminal crater and the Southeast sub-terminal crater apparatus.
There are several evidences of the Volcano eruptions starting from the classical period; among the most recent , we recall the 1669 eruption, which determined the formation of the Monti Rossi and reached Catania, and the 1928 one that reached the town of Mascali.
Etna, also called Mongibello (from the Latin word mons and the Arabian word gebel, that is mount), is one of the most monitored volcanoes in the world.
Evocative lunar landscapes, typical of the volcanic activity, are interspersed with natural environments of rare beauty. The large rivers flowing around the Volcano, the Alcantara to the north, with its natural canyon of Alcantara Gorges, and the Simeto to the west, have modeled their paths following the lava of Etna, creating amazing natural sites.
Wine production is also noteworthy: the Etna Wine Route is an area that extends from the north, to Randazzo, up to Piedimonte Etneo on the north-eastern side, and continues south to Viagrande
Orchards (apples and pears of Etna, peaches, cherries, medlars, walnuts, chestnuts) are widespread, mostly in the areas of Ragalna, Pedara, Nicolosi and Trecastagni; the excellent quality of Maletto strawberries has to be mentioned.The production of PDO olive oil is mainly concentrated in the areas of S. Maria di Licodia, Biancavilla, Belpasso and Ragalna. Do not miss the special honey and typical biscuits called skiers, which are produced in Zafferana Etnea, and the zeppole or rice crispelle, widespread everywhere.