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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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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