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The Nerello Mascalese variety yields wines of unimagined finesse in the heights of Etna. The complexity and elegance of the best Etna wines are in no way inferior to wines from Burgundy, Valtellina, Montalcino or Langa. This discovery is not new, for a long time the red wines of Etna have been known to connoisseurs for their finesse. Yet, despite the international format of the wines, things are leisurely in the villages of Etna. Hardly any wine tourists, no price hustle around the vineyards, very few good restaurants and hotels, a slow increase in the number of labels.

In fact, one should make a pilgrimage to Etna at least every two years. We go to Burgundy and Alba regularly, after all. But Etna is Sicily, and Sicily is darned far away, even from Tuscany. By car, it's 1,000 kilometers from Florence to the first Etna vineyard, on the ship from Livorno to Palermo you lose a good twelve hours, usually even more. By plane it is faster, but not everyone likes this means of transport, the rental car is unavoidable, and you usually spend the first days without luggage. Expensive and time consuming is a trip to Etna anyway. This is the only reason why we do not visit Sicily more often. Since it's not just us, it stays quiet on Etna and the winemakers guild among themselves.

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