Sicily’s wine legacy and potential are finally being recognized

Overshadowed by other Italian wine regions for decades, Sicily is now enjoying a deserved respect thanks to a new generation of ambitious winemakers. The focus is now on quality as opposed to quantity, and this shift in attitude is the reason behind the new popularity. Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean islands and the southernmost region of Italy. The hot winds from Africa blow on the coasts of the island allowing the Nero d'Avola, a late-maturing varietal, to fully develop and ripen. The best wines are found in the island’s east, mainly to the north in the volcanic area of Etna and in the south where the Cerasuolo di Vittoria and Eloro appellations are located.

Although many international grape varietals are grown in Sicily, its best wines are made from indigenous grape varieties such as Nero d'Avola, Frappato, Cataratto, and Albanello. Soils vary greatly from one region to another and contain limestone, red sand, clay, volcanic tuff or, frequently, a combination of these. In addition to these unique soils the altitude of the vineyards, the type of viticulture, and the winemaking styles also have an important impact on the final product. The best winegrowers and winemakers successfully manage these challenging components and produce outstanding wines.

Winemakers from Sicily

Wines from Sicily