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.
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.
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
Note: Locations referenced in the following text can be found in the map above The Phoenicians may have been fine merchants and salesmen, but it took the arrival of the Greeks to imprint the concept of true viticulture in Sicily. In 734 BCE, a small fertile valley was settled at the northeast opening of the … Continue reading Ætna: Before The Beginning
https://youtu.be/GHmKXEsHxN8?rel=0 For the best experience, watch the video above in HD (high definition). [Select "settings" in the lower right of the screen and choose your preferred resolution.] I do a lot of grass roots wine education—for individuals, small groups, sommeliers, importers, wine schools, and journalists—using Etna as a lens to have an engaged conversation about … Continue reading “Etna is …” #Winelovers Speak
It's inevitable. At least one time during every class, or tour, or lecture I get asked: Are you scared to live on a volcano? or Is there any kind of alert system in place? Surely, when I moved to the volcano, I was a bit nervous. I watched eruptions and fingers of lava light up … Continue reading Safety Through Science
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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