A wine’s finest ingredient is the honesty of the man who produces it.
From “La montagna di fuoco” by Salvo Foti
Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. A unique, particular area. In 2001 it saw the birth of the winery founded by Mick Hucknall, the leader of Simply Red.
The bush-trained vines grow on terraces laid out along two of Etna’s slopes: to the East, in the small municipality of Sant’Alfio overlooking the sea and, to the North, between Castiglione di Sicilia and Randazzo. Here twenty hectares of black volcanic soil are spread across the land at various altitudes (from 750 to 1,200 metres above sea level). The east side of the Volcano is exposed to the legendary winds blowing in from the sea. In the territory of Sant’Alfio (800 metres above sea-level) stands the heart of the company: the vineyard of Puntalazzo and the old palmento from 1760. Here is the headqurter of the winery, featuring a tasting room as well as a museum dedicated to Etnean viticulture.
From Sant’Alfio running northwards along the mountain, at a height of about 800 metres, in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia, lie the Cosentino and Pagano vineyards, with centuries-old vines producing the native Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grapes, used to create the vintage Etna Rosso D.O.C. Carrying on northwest from Randazzo towards Bronte, at a height of 1,200 metres above sea-level, you arrive to Gabry vineyard which, mainly produces the indigenous white grapes Carricante, Grecanico and Minnella used for elegant white wines improving with age and which only Mt. Etna can give.
Il Cantante Bianco 2007