Sicily offers everything one could want from a Mediterranean wine region. Incredibly diverse, the island’s warm climate and low levels of rainfall, with constant winds, particularly in the coastal areas, provides the perfect conditions for vine growing, alongside local olives and a stunning range of fruits and vegetables. For the most part of the twentieth century, this climatic benevolence and a poor economic situation meant that producers tended to push for high yields, turning Sicily in to a centre for bulk wine production. Credit for the rise of Sicily as a quality region must surely go to Etna’s pioneering wine producers, who's hard work over the past twenty years has captured the imagination of the international wine trade. The principal Sicilian grape varieties are Nero d’Avola, Grillo, Catarratto, Caricante, Nerello Mascalese and Frappato. International varieties are also grown.

Sicily Wine List

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Appellations of Sicily

Sicily hosts 23 DOC appellations and one DOCG (Cerasuolo di Vittoria). Sicilia DOC is a broad appellation for entry level wines produced anywhere on the island. Marsala DOC is a well-known, historic, fortified wine style. The most important appellation from a quality standpoint, though, is arguably Etna DOC. Despite a relatively small output in overall production terms, Etna is at the forefront of the Sicilian fine wine renaissance. The best Etna wines are produced from Nerello Mascalese, Carricante and Catarratto. High elevations, often old vines, and uniquely volcanic soils makes for thrilling, transparent wines both red and white.

Grape Varieties of Sicily

Sicily's red vineyards flourish with Nero d'Avola, Perricone and Nerello Mascalese. International guests—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah—also shine. White grape varieties include Grillo, Caricante, Catarratto, Inzolia, Zibibbo (Muscat), Malvasia, Chardonnay and Trebbiano. Catarratto wines are typically yellow green in hue offering notes of white flowers and citrus aromas, underscored by minerality and balanced acidity. Nerello Mascalese is aromatic and crisp, often referred to as the stylistic middle ground between Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir.