Sicily

What is the name of the largest island in the Mediterranean? Exactly. Sicily. The lean soils, volcanic rocks and hot, dry climate are perfect for growing vines. And also the desire for diversity in winemaking is unabated in Sicily and more than ever.

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Passito di Noto DOC BIO Planeta 50cl
Dessert wine, 50 cl, Italy
Planeta 32.50 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Chardonnay Sicilia DOC Planeta 75cl
White wine, 75 cl, Italy
Planeta 32.00 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Burdese Sicilia DOC Planeta 75cl
Red wine, 75 cl, Italy
Planeta 26.80 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Didacus Sicilia Menfi DOC Planeta 75cl
Red wine, 75 cl, Italy
Planeta 92.00 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Chardonnay Sicilia DOC Planeta 37.5cl
White wine, 37,5 cl, Italy
Planeta 19.50 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Olive oil extra vergine d'Oliva Sicilia I.G.P. Planeta BIO 50cl
Olive oil, 50 cl, Italy
Planeta 19.00 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Merlot Sito dell'Ulmo Sicilia DOC Planeta 150cl
Red wine, 150 cl, Italy
Planeta 63.00 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Merlot Sito dell'Ulmo Sicilia DOC Planeta 75cl
Red wine, 75 cl, Italy
Planeta 26.80 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Rosé Fiore di Nero Terre Siciliane igp Lombardo 75cl
Rosé wine, 75 cl, Italy
Lombardo 14.70 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Unanime rosso Nero d'Avola Terre Siciliane igp Lombardo 75cl
Red wine, 75 cl, Italy
Lombardo 14.70 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Unanime bianco Terre Siciliane igp Lombardo 75cl
White wine, 75 cl, Italy
Lombardo 14.70 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Eimi Nero d'Avola Sicilia DOC Lombardo
Red wine, 75 cl, Italy
Lombardo 47.00 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Grillo d'Altura Sicilia DOC Lombardo 75cl
White wine, 75 cl, Italy
Lombardo 16.70 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Nero d'Altura Nero d'Avola Sicilia DOC Lombardo 75cl
Red wine, 75 cl, Italy
Lombardo 19.50 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
Etna bianco DOC Graci 75cl
White wine, 75 cl, Italy
Graci 28.50 CHF Incl. tax... plus shipping
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Sicily

What is the name of the largest island in the Mediterranean? Exactly. Sicily. The lean soils, volcanic rocks and hot, dry climate are perfect for growing vines. And the desire for diversity in winemaking is also undiminished in Sicily and more than ever.

 

Bollicine. Sweet. Oxidative. Fresh. Fruity. With depth and in all colors. If you are looking for every imaginable wine style in one place in Italy, you will find it in Sicily. With around 112,000 hectares of vineyards, Sicily is also the largest wine-growing region in Italy, similar in size to Bordeaux.

 

It is therefore surprising that Sicily is still considered a great unknown by many wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs. Is it because of the strange names of the grape varieties? Zibibbo (Muscat d'Alexandrie), Frappato, Perricone and so on? Or the fact that the same grapes result in different styles of wine? The late-ripening Catarratto grape, for example, can be used to make acidic and fresh white wines, but at the same time it finds its destiny in the legendary Marsala, alongside the Grillo, Inzolia (Ansonica) or Damaschino varieties. Confusing, admittedly. It is also surprising that in the dry and rather hot area more white wine is produced than red wine.

 

From the textbook we can see that in Sicily there are 24 DOC zones and only one DOCG zone, which is called Cerasuolo di Vittoria. Here, in the territories around Ragusa, Caltanissetta and Catania, red wines (Nero d'Avola and Frappato) are pressed that can boast of decades of aging. At least as well known are the sweet wines (Passito) of the small volcanic island, Pantelleria, which is also counted as part of Sicily, although geologically it sits on the African continent. And while we are at it: also there, under the denomination of origin, still white wines, sparkling wines, semi-sparkling wines, sweet wines or liqueur wines may be produced.

 

Vines are also found on the slopes of the highest and most active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. In Etna bianco DOC, the white grape variety Carricante plays the main role. Nerello Mascalese, the most relevant red grape variety on Etna, produces amazingly delicate, elegant wines at higher altitudes, reaching up to 900 meters above sea level, which, depending on the aging, could almost be considered "Burgundian". The Nerlello Mascalese is often blended with Nerello Cappuccio.

 

The Sicilian Prince, also the name given to the Nero d'Avola, is and remains the most planted grape variety of the island in terms of quantity, known here and there also under the name Calabrese. The prince has many names, at least 25 others are known for the grape variety. Today, it is often blended with Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon in Sicily, producing velvety, spicy wines. Sicily remains a bottomless pit in terms of diversity. Let's go and explore it!