Today, we publish The New Wines of Mount Etna, the first book about the people who live and make wine on Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano.
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.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 'Fico d'India' ON MOUNT ETNA
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
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.
We are honored to be working with Santa Maria La Nave this year at VinItaly. We invite you to stop by — Pav 2, Stand 10A — to try some of the most inimitable wines from Mount Etna, Sicily ... If you would like to set an appointment, send us an email to arrange a … Continue reading Join Us @ Vinitaly
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
I found the following note in a memoir I stumbled upon while doing research for my book about the wines and wineries of Mount Etna. The memoir, "Unprotected Females In Sicily, Calabria, And On The Top Of Mount Etna" was written by Helen Lowe and published by Routledge, in London, in 1859. The memoir is … Continue reading Your Own Pet Crater
During a ten-year study of Mount Etna, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory filmed the expansion and contraction of the mountain surrounding the vertical and lateral lava chambers that constructed and reconstructed the volcano over the recent 220,000 years. Between 1992 and 2001, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) used … Continue reading Etna “breathes”
During the holidays we come together to show gratitude for the things that matter most in Life. It isn’t always possible to be together with so many of us spread out around the globe but I find solace that we have discovered ways to share the special times in our lives through our common appreciation … Continue reading An International Wine Salute