Sicilian Wine

 

Wine grapes have always grown on the Italian island of Sicily. Some say it was Dionysus, the god of wine, who planted them there himself. The Mediterranean climate with abundant sunshine, balanced rainfall, hilly terrain and soils made rich by Mount Etna’s ash all create the perfect conditions for quality agriculture. Ancient civilizations were producing wine on the island as far back as the 17th century BC. The Greeks arrived some time around 8 BC, bringing other varietals in with them. They also brought innovations such as pruning, varietal selection and low vine training. Large quantities of wine began to flow all over the island. Very, very alcoholic wine. 
 
For several centuries, the Sicilian wine industry fell into boom and bust cycles. As the Romans spread their empire, they carried wines from Sicily with them. A type of Sicilian wine called Mamertino was said to have been Julius Caesar’s favorite. In the Byzantine Age between the 6th and 9th centuries, the Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Sicily View all

  • Nero d'Avola

    History of the grape: The name translates to “Black [grape] of Avola,” referring to the town in Sicily where it was f...

  • Grillo

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Sicily

Popular Wineries in Sicily View all

  • Azienda Vinicola Benanti

    The Winery is located at the hight of 900-1000m on the Etona mountain in Sicily, historically fam...

  • Tenuta di Serramarrocco

    Estate Serramarrocco is a fabulous vineyard in Fontanelle in the province of Trapani, Sicily, Ita...

  • Cantine Sgarzi Luigi

    The family Sgarzi has been growing vines and producing wines for many generations in Castel San P...

  • Feudo Montoni

    Today the estate extends for about 73 hectares in the region of Montoni Vecchi (province of Ca...

  • Arancio Grillo

    Celebrated for its hot sunny climate, historic monuments and rich culinary tradition, Sicily h...

  • Cusumano

    Years of intense exchange between us and Sicily. Only one rule: natural simplicity in doing things.

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Sicily on Snooth

  • Miceli Yrnm Pantelleria Bianco Zibibbo 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Tasca d'Almerita Tenuta Capofaro Malvasia Salina IGT 2010

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  • Donnafugata Sicilia Bianco Vigna di Gabri Sicily 2016

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  • Read up on Lindeman's thread, and thought this would be a good topic to ... being as "in" as Sicily. I suppose, back-tracing a bit, that Sassicaia (one of the most famous Super Tuscans) taking Wine Spectator's wine of the year last year, it's only added more fuel to the fire back to blending and breaking with tradition! As we see in the old wo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chianti and Super Tuscans


  • That is something completely different.  In fact, I'd love to visit ... ... I have had Cannonau from Sicily, of course, where it is a staple red grape variety (Grenache, they say, and the flavour seems consistent with that condlusion of relationship).  Sounds like a CdP-like wine in some respects - perhaps with less juiciness and more leather ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • I am drinking a bottle of Domaine de la Source 2014 from the small and obscure ... ... thought to be related to Sicily's Nero d'Avola] and 20% grenache. I like this. It is full bodied with plenty of intense black fruit and some pepper or spice on the finish and soft tannins There is certainly no shortage of flavou Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Mandrarossa Santannella Terre Siciliane IGT 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cantine Pellegrino Marsala Superiore Oro Dolce

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    Wine review by FALVINO68


  • Incanto Marsala Dry Fine I.P. D.O.P

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    "Ambra", medium fluffy carameled plums on ripe red apple aroma. Soft cane sugar beginning, short apricot in middle and long lemony ending with ticklish tannins. Nice balance! 18% alc comes like a fall in pillows) Goes excellent with Montezumas 100% chocolate! Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Theresa Eccher "Altero" Etna Rosso DOC 2011

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    Great wine prephylloxera. Vineyard 120 years old at about 800 meters above sea level. Intense smell of cherries and small red fruits, tobacco and coffee. In mouth its larghe, long lasting, really complex and structured. Great. Read More

    Wine review by Omariel


  • It is beautiful a beautiful Mediterranean island, with very hospitable people, who would do everything to make you feel at home, comfortable, and...well fed! I love Sicily!

    Comment by 511253Cristina Ferrara 511253 Cristina Ferrara


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