Sicily Wine Region, Italy
Introducing You to the Fantastic Wines of Sicily
Sicily, which is located in the southernmost part of Italy, is among the oldest winemaking regions of the European continent.
The winemaking history of Sicily can be dated back to the times when this island was belonging to Magna Graecia.
The fine wines from the western parts of Sicily and from the regions near Mount Etna are world famous even today although several new wineries have been established here in the recent past.
So, what are Sicilian wines? In this article, you will get the most basic information about the wines from Sicily.
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Planeta – Santa Cecilia IGT (Nero d’Avola) 2009-10 75cl Bottle€27.78 Find merchant
Planeta – Chardonnay 2010-12 75cl Bottle€27.85 Find merchant
Planeta – Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG 2013 75cl Bottle€16.19 Find merchant
Curatolo Arini – Marsala Superiore Riserva NV 75cl Bottle€16.67 Find merchant
Planeta – Syrah IGT 2009 75cl Bottle€26.45 Find merchant
Planeta – Cometa IGT Fiano 2012-13 75cl Bottle€32.75 Find merchant
Curatolo Arini – Marsala Superiore Dolce NV 6x 75cl Bottles€83.51 Find merchant
Curatolo Arini – Marsala Fine NV 12x 75cl Bottles€118.54 Find merchant
Planeta – Rose IGT 2012-14 Rosè Sicilia D.O.C.€15.34 Find merchant
Mandarine – Napoleon XO 70cl Bottle€187.15 Find merchant
Cantine De Vita Marsala Superiore€12.63 Find merchant
Stemmari Sicilian Pinot Noir€10.10 Find merchant
Cantine De Vita Marsala Dolce€13.27 Find merchant
Curatolo Arini Dry Marsala Superiore€14.28 Find merchant
Neromaccarj Nero d’Avola Sicilia Igt – Azienda Agricola Gulfi Di Catania Vito€36.70 Find merchant
Reseca Rosso Sicilia Igt – Azienda Agricola Gulfi Di Catania Vito€34.50 Find merchant
Nerojbleo Nero DAvola Sicilia IGT – Azienda Agricola Gulfi Di Catania Vito€19.90 Find merchant
Luna Grillo – Azienda Vaccaro€9.30 Find merchant
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Factors Responsible for the Fantastic Wines from Sicily
Mostly the climatic conditions are the key factors that are needed for the cultivation of wine grapes.
Our Sicily is blessed with the perfect climatic conditions that are required for the wine grape cultivation.
Sicily is experiencing a consistent bright sunshine with sufficient amount of moderate rainfalls.
This Mediterranean climate along with a low disease pressure makes the region best suited for the cultivation of wine grapes.
The regions of Sicily are found to have a low disease pressure because of the warmer and drier meaning that there are mildews.
Because of these conditions, the rots are prevented and hence, the region seldom requires the use of chemical sprays. Therefore, a majority of Sicilian wines are made from organic grapes.
Soils and Mountains are also responsible
When it comes to the cultivation of wine grapes, the region’s soils and mountains are also playing a major role.
In particular, Mount Etna is providing the mineral-rich soils that are known to be characterizing the DOC vineyards of this region.
At present, the winegrowers have started to plant the wine grapes on the volcanic grapes in order to get the best out of the cool air and rich soils of these slopes.
On the other hand, the Iblei Mountains are responsible for the characters of the wines from the eastern Sicily.
Key Grape Varieties of Sicilian Wines
In general, the key grape varieties that are being used in the making of Sicilian wines include both native and imported ones.
Among the native grape varieties, the most used ones are Nero d’Avola (red variety) and Catarratto (white variety).
The former one is found to occupy around 16% of the total vineyards of Sicily while the latter one is found to be occupying around 60% of the total vineyards in this region.
Nero d’Avola is the dark-skinned variety which has a great historical importance.
This can be used to make denser and darker wines can be stored in oak barrels for aging.
On the other hand, Catarratto is mainly used for producing lighter and easy-drinking wines.
Apart from these two varieties, this region is famous for the Grillo and Inzolia grape varieties.
These varieties are being used for the making of one of the most popular wines of Sicily, Marsala.
Both these are white varieties and are seen widely planted all over the Sicilian region of Italy.
Grillo is commonly used in the production of several still wines be it a varietal wine or a blended wine. Upon vinification, this would give a fresher, lighter wine with nutty and fruity flavours.
On the other hand, Inzolia would give crispy, dry white wines. These wines will be moderately aromatic with nutty and citrus flavours with herbal essence.
Other Grape Varieties of Sicily
Besides the aforementioned major grape varieties, the region is known to cultivate some other grape varieties also.
- Alicante (Grenache)
- Nerello Mascalese
- Nerello Cappuccio
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