Very often we hear that, from a viticulture point of view, Etna is not Sicily: it is actually an ‘island into the island’ and a ‘North in the South’.
The combination of a few elements make Etna wines unique, both in Sicily and all over the world:
The windy climate, characterized by the strong daily temperature variations, given by the proximity of the mountain to the sea, that reduces humidity and the risk of potential vine diseases.
The light, the abundance of sunny days, guarantees a perfect maturation of the grapes.
The volcanic soil, rich in iron, copper, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus, with traces of calcium and nitrogen, has a high draining power, which allows to grow healthy and dry vineyards
The historicity of the vineyards, often dating back to before the appearance of phylloxera
The native varieties, cultivated for centuries on all sides of the volcano.