Sicily’s Etna region gears up for DOCG status

November 28, 2023

The Etna wine region, situated on the eastern coast of Sicily, Italy, is renowned for producing high-quality wines, particularly those made from the indigenous Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grape varieties. Here are some key details about the Etna wine region:

Volcanic Terroir:

  • Etna is characterized by its volcanic soil, as it is situated on the slopes of Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. The volcanic terroir imparts unique mineral qualities to the wines.

Grape Varieties:

  • Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio are the predominant grape varieties in the region. These grapes thrive in the volcanic soil and high altitudes, contributing to the distinctive flavors of Etna wines.


  • Etna is one of the highest wine regions in Europe, with vineyards ranging from 600 to 1,000 meters (1,970 to 3,280 feet) above sea level. The altitude, coupled with the volcanic influence, provides a cool climate that is conducive to the slow ripening of grapes, resulting in wines with complexity and elegance.

Wine Styles:

  • Etna wines are known for their finesse, balance, and longevity. Red wines dominate the production, showcasing flavors of red berries, floral notes, and a distinctive minerality. White wines, made from Carricante and Catarratto grapes, also display freshness and a mineral character.

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