In 2005, Catania natives Cesare Fulvio and Federica Turillo left their jobs in the city for a simpler life in Randazzo, on the northern slopes of Mount Etna. Their new home was a small farm surrounded by two hectares of terraced vineyards at Contrada Pino, elevation 800 meters. They renovated the property’s ancient palmento, a traditional farmhouse featuring an old press and large fermentation vats made of lava stone, and began to work the 120-year-old vines organically and biodynamically. The grapes are stomped by foot in these vats, and then an open-air fermentation takes place before the wine is aged in old 500-liter tonneaux and bottled unfiltered. These primitive, yet time-tested techniques yield a profound Etna Rosso. Its intensely gripping, silty-fine tannin is a trademark of wines from Contrada Pino.
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