Pietradolce Archineri Etna Bianco DOC 2019 from Pre-Phylloxera Vineyards
On the northern slope of Etna, Pietradolce covers 20 hectares divided into Contrade Rampante, Zottorinoto and Santo Spirito, located at an altitude between 700 and 950 meters above sea level. In addition to these, on the eastern side, the farm has another 2 hectares, located at 850 meters above sea level in Contrada Caselle, near the village of Milo.
From rather stony, light, sandy clay soils rich in minerals come wines that keep the soul and vibrancy of the Volcano alive. The different mineral composition of the volcanic soil in the various plots makes it possible to produce distinctive wines that are faithful expressions of their terroir. The winery cultivates only indigenous grape varieties, the protagonists of its history: Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante. The vineyards are predominantly prephylloxera vines between 90 and 130 years old, all of which are cultivated through meticulous craftsmanship using the traditional sapling system typical of Etna’s viticultural landscape. The identity of the estate makes it a natural choice to put quality before quantity and to prefer only Etna’s indigenous grapes to produce fine wines from its own terroir.
Classification: Denomination of Controlled Origin.
Production area: East slope of Etna. Altitude: 850 m.a.s.l.
Soil: sandy loam with abundant presence of skeleton.
Training system: pre-phylloxera sapling 100 to 120 years old.
Harvest: second decade of October.
Vinification: manual harvesting of grapes. Soft pressing.
Alcohol content: 13.5% vol.