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 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.