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A unique territory in the world, high altitude wines. Where we are? On Etna of course!
It is on the slopes of this still active volcano that Etna’s winemakers work in extreme conditions and have been exploring and testing the best soils for growing native grapes for decades.
But what are the grapes at the base of Etna wine? Let’s go and discover them:
NATIVE GRAPES OF ETNA
Nerello is the red wine symbol of Etna wines and the conditions in which it is grown are extreme. The steep slope of the land in many cases obliges the winemakers to manually harvest and the temperature variations on the mountain slopes are very strong.
It is the most common grape variety here on Etna and the resulting wine is characterized by a high total acidity.
Nerello is the vine used in the production of Etna DOC Rosso, Rosato and Spumante. .
It owes its name to the particular bearing of the mantle or hood crown of the tree cultivated as a sapling.
The wines have a low alcohol content and good total acidity and are characterized by an intense red color. The wine has floral and fruity hints of cherry and has a high structure. Nerello Cappuccio can be included in the composition of Etna DOC Rosso, Rosato and Spumante wines
Carricante is an ancient white grape variety that has always been cultivated on the slopes of the volcano, especially at higher altitudes. Its name derives from the Sicilian expression “u carricanti”, which emphasizes the abundant production of its plants, capable of filling the carts with grapes.
The scent of the wine is very complex and intense, characterized by intense hints of citrus flowers. The flavor is savory and with a medium aromatic persistence. Today it is increasingly vinified alone and constitutes the main base of Etna Bianco Doc for a minimum of 60% which rises to 80% in the superior white Etna.
The vines are traditionally planted with sapling, with short pruning and few clusters per plant, in order to obtain grapes with a good aromatic concentration. IlContributes to the composition of Etna Bianco for a maximum of 40%