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2021 Terre Siciliane Bianco “Lato Sud”

Grottafumata
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A quick glance at Grottafumata’s website, Instagram, or the beautiful label on this bianco and you might wonder what this Mount Etna azienda does exactly. Interspersed among the images of vineyards and wine bottles are all kinds of celebrations of the local flora—flowering wild artichokes, olive trees, wild strawberries—and fauna: hawks, bees, ladybugs, etc. Mauro Cutuli and Mariangela Prestifilippo produce wine along the volcano’s steep inclines as part of a holistic farm dedicated to honoring and preserving the entire ecosystem, which allows them to craft outstanding, small-batch olive oil, honey, and jam as well as exquisite whites, like this beautifully smoky, textured, and golden Lato Sud.

Tom Wolf

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Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 70% Carricante, 30% Catarratto, *Very small percentages of Minnella, Grecanico, Terribile, Inzolia, Coda di Volpe
Appellation: Terre Siciliane
Country: Italy
Region: Sicily
Producer: Grottafumata
Winemaker: Mauro Cutuli
Vineyard: 1.4 ha total, 40-100 years
Soil: Volcanic
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 11%

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About The Region

Sicily

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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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