The NEW WINES of Mt ETNA

Making wine on Europe's largest active volcano isn't easy. Triumph and sacrifice are in perpetual rhythm. Yet, throughout history, the unique flavors of the food and wine arriving from the volcano Etna far outweighed the dangers of living and working there. • After centuries of successful international trade, Mount Etna's vineyards were abandoned in the twentieth century. Today, an attentive generation of winemakers are is refocusing the spotlight on these inimitable volcanic wines • In The New Wines of Mount Etna, American wine expert Benjamin Spencer goes beyond the vines to explore the history and rebirth of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that has everyone talking about Sicily.

Etna Wines For The Holidays

There are a lot of wines that play well with food. It just so happens that there are far more exciting wines from the volcano Etna that share the classic profiles of many popular favorites.

Wines & Wineries to Try at the Contrade dell’Etna Tasting

Since 2008, producers on Mount Etna have been coming together to share their en primeur wines with the public, the press, and one another. The one-day tasting event, called the Contrade dell'Etna (CdE), was founded by Andrea Franchetti, owner and winemaker at Passopisciaro to promote the uniqueness of Etna wines. This year the CdE will … Continue reading Wines & Wineries to Try at the Contrade dell’Etna Tasting

Etna Class Photo

In 1965, three men began hiking the slopes and valleys and plains on Mount Etna. They were looking for consistencies in the environment, in the grape vines that were growing there and the flavors of the local wines.

The Earthquakes and Eruptions of 1669

The 16th and 17th centuries were hard on Etna inhabitants. Multiple, very damaging, prolonged eruptions resculpted the territory, devastated the landscape, displaced residents, wiped out villages, and buried valuable agricultural space. One eruption was particularly destructive. Following several days of strong earthquakes, a collapse in Mount Etna's central crater on March 11, 1669 forced open … Continue reading The Earthquakes and Eruptions of 1669