When you think of Sicily, you may think about beautiful sunset, crisp blue seas, cannoli and seafood linguine… or if you’re a movie fan maybe even Inspector Montalbano!
But did you know that Sicily has been producing wine for thousands and thousands of years? With grape varieties such as Zibbibo and Nero d’Avola that are native to the island, Sicilian wine has its own distinct heritage from mainland Italy.
In the late twentieth century, the Sicilian wine production often focussed on high quantity, average quality… but all that has changed. Why?
Quite simply, the island of Sicily is perfectly for growing wine thanks to its true biodiversity. With verdant and fertile soils, hot summers and Mediterranean air, Sicilian grape varieties have flourished. What also makes Sicilian wine truly unique though is Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. With its regular eruptions of lava and ash, soil on this particular area is infused with a distinct minerality, creating wines with a unique flavour and taste.
There’s a further added bonus from the Sicilian landscape too – it helps to create wines that are mostly organic thanks to sustainable practices on the land, which reduces the likelihood of a hangover through excessive consumption!
Today, Sicilian wine is fast becoming ‘the next big thing’, with Wine Connoisseurs chasing down previously little-known wines by the island's winemakers. La Sicilyana is at the vanguard of this movement, bringing very special wines to wine lovers all over the UK.
So if you’re looking for a wine that is:
- Not on supermarkets shelves
- A little different
- High quality
- The next big thing
- Organic and from sustainable agriculture
…then yes, Sicilian wine is for YOU!