When it comes to planting vines one of the last places you may want to consider is planting them on the slopes of an active volcano.
Recent outbursts of Sicily’s Mount Etna provide sound arguments for this with lava flows wiping out precious vines within minutes. So why do it? Perhaps wine makers are motivated by the fact that volcanic wines are highly terroir- orientated as bedrock, soils, drainage and microclimates are highly diverse which in turn would make it impossible to make stylistic generalizations about wines grown on the flanks of an active volcano.
The wines tasted were as follows:
Tenute Nicosia – Etna Bianco 2011 – 80% Carricante & 20% Catarratto 12 months French Oak
Benanti Winery – Etna Bianco 2014 100% Carricante
Benanti Winery – Pietra Marina 2012 100% Carricante
Tenute Mannino di Plachi – Etna Bianco 2013 95% Carricante & 5% Catarratto
Tenuta di Fessina – Puddara 100% Carricante 9 months in Chestnut barrels
Terrazze Dell’Etna Ciuri – Blanc de Noir Nerello Mascalese & Carricante
Al-Cantàra – Luci Luci 2014 100% Carricante
Romeo del Castello – Vigo 2013 Nerello Mascalese (old vines 70 – 100 years) with a dash of Nerello Cappuccio
Tenuta Scilio di Valle Galfina – Valle Galfina 2015 100% Carricante