Is there anything better than a glass of good Etna Wine after a beautiful excursion?Every wine region offers it’s own unique vineyards and special nectar.
In Sicily, Etna invites you to discover over 1000 vineyards, from the top craters excursions along harsh slopes, to the ones through the mild pine trees, beech trees, chestnut trees or Etna’s birch trees forest.
During our trip around the Etna territory, you will enjoy the special wines from vineyards growing on this rocks rich in minerals.
The DOC (denomination of controlled origins) “Etna” is exclusive for the wines that match the original production requirements.
- “Etna” white “Etna white superior
- “Etna” red “Etna” red reserve
- “Etna” rosé “Etna” Prosecco
The production of the “ Etna” white superior is exclusive to wines made from Milo vineyards.
The “Etna” DOC white is obtained by local vineyards having at least 60% of Catarratto white grapes, and up to 20% of Trebbiano, Carricante, Minnelli white and other Sicilian white grapes.
The ”Etna” DOC red (including reserve) and “Etna” rosé need to be made of at least 80% Nerello Mascalese, and up to 20% Nerello Mantellato (Nerello Cappuccio). Other white Sicilian grapes can be used up to 10%.
The “Etna” Prosecco ( rosé or white) is made from 60% minimum of Nerello Mascalese and a maximum of 40% of other Sicilian grapes.
The land of Etna wines and the harvest
The soil where the vineyards grow is volcanic, a mix of lava, ashes and lapilli.
Usually it is blackish and very fertile. The combination of soil, climate, and knowledge of the farmers, made the territory of Etna an ideal place to produce not only extremely high quality wines, but also makes them unique and special.
The harvest of grapes by the end of summer/beginning of autumn, is done by hand. It is always a great party time, to which friends and family take part. Later on the grapes get selected and processed to exalt the characteristics of every single vineyard. After that they become wine in big cellars. Usually durmast barrels are used to store the wine for the ageing process, and the barrels are kept in underground cellars.
During our trips when we go visit the many cellars around Etna territory, we get to taste typical local food along with the wines, so matched to exalt the tasting experience.
Italian and European wines
In Italy there is not only DOC Etna wines, but many excellent wines from other regions. Veneto wines for instance, are famous all over the world: The Amarone della Valpolicella, the Prosecco Conegliano Valdobbiabene, wines from Emilia Romagna like Lambrusco or the Tuscany ones like Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino, and so on.
Every country in a Europe has its special and unique wines.
In Austria for instance, we have the Gruner Veltiner and Riesling , coming from one of the most beautiful wine regions of Austria, the Wachau.
Today UNESCO patrimony, it is an area that can be explored in 14 stages from north to south to the Danube river, walking up and down on the hills along the paths.
Going through the mild areas of the vineyards and the cooler forests,we reach a slope with a stunning view on the majestic Danube. After the excursion it is possible to eat delicious food and drink some great wine at the Heuriger tavern.
Typical of Germany is the Riesling wine, the Silvaner, the Muller Thurman, the Kerner, the Gewürztraminer and the Weissburgunder.
In Slovenia there is three main wine regions to explore: Primorska (coast region),Podrawska (Drava region), and Posavska ( Low Sava region).
Each region has different wine production results , due to the variety of minerals, the climate and the ageing techniques.