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2019 Terre Siciliane Grenache “Vigna degli Architetti”

Grottafumata
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Whoever planted these old Grenache vines on one of Mount Etna’s lava fields made a masterful decision, matching grape, altitude, and soil. Mauro Cutuli of Grottafumata had the good judgment to recognize this when he went looking for vineyards to add to his small collection of top Etna terroirs. The resulting wine delivers the haunting perfume and silky fruit of the best Grenache along with luscious tannins and the unmistakable stamp of the Etna volcano—a brilliant take on this incredible grape!

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2019
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Grenache, with small percentages of Grenache Blanc, Carricante, Nerello Mascalese
Appellation: IGT Terre Siciliane
Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Producer: Grottafumata
Winemaker: Mauro Cutuli, Mariangela Prestifilippo
Vineyard: 0.5 ha total, 45 years average
Soil: Clay, limestone, basalt
Aging: Aged 2 years in old oak barrels
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About The Region

Sicily

map of Sicily

Italy’s southernmost region and the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has no shortage of sunshine to grow high-quality grapes on a yearly basis. It also does not lack a history of winemaking: since the Greeks settled here almost three millennia ago, the vine has played a major role in the island’s agricultural makeup. Production of cheap bulk wine for blending dominated much of its recent history until now, as we are witnessing a quality revolution that puts forth its great diversity and quality of terroirs, indigenous grape varieties, and local production methods.

While Sicily’s historical reputation is for sweet wines—Marsala and the Muscats of Pantelleria stand out—a number of dry whites and reds are enjoying the spotlight today. The cooler, high-altitude slopes of Etna, with its ashy volcanic soils, have seen an explosion of activity from producers both local and foreign; both whites (primarily from Carricante) and reds (Nerello Mascalese) here are capable of uncommon freshness and finesse. Other noteworthy wine regions are Eloro, where Nero d’Avola gives its best; Noto, an oasis of dry and sweet Moscatos; Vittoria, with its supple, perfumed Frappatos; and Salina, where Malvasia makes thirst-quenching dry whites and deliciously succulent passiti.

Countless foreign invasions over the centuries have given Sicilian architecture and cuisine a unique exotic twist, making it a fascinating destination for gourmands as well as wine importers. With a wealth of dedicated artisans proud to show off the riches of their land, you can bet there are many exciting things still to come from this incredible island.

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