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The Sicilian winery De Bartoli from Marsala has invested in vineyards and olive groves on Mount Etna. The estate includes 1.5 hectares of Nerello Mascalese vines between Solicchiata and Passopisciaro on the northern slope of the volcano, as well as one hectare of olive trees. The new company, based in Castiglione di Sicilia, will be called De Bartoli Società Agricola Etna and will be managed by Renato De Bartoli together with his brother Sebastiano and his sister Giuseppina. The grapes could already be harvested this autumn and vinified in the cellars of the friendly winemaker Marco de Grazia. "We don't have any suitable rooms yet, but we hope that they will be ready by the next harvest," says Renato De Bartoli when asked by the wein.plus editorial team. The first bottles of the basic wine Etna Rosso DOC are expected to go on sale at the end of 2022. A Cru Contrada Marchesa is also planned.

"This appellation has become the most important DOC in Sicily in the last ten years, a lot has happened there", Renato De Bartoli says about the motives of his investment.

(ru / Source: Cronache di Gusto, own research; Photo: De Bartoli)