Would you live at the foot of an active volcano? Well… there are some risks but Etna gives so much more back, like great vineyards!
Etna, Europe’s most active and tallest volcano, last week caught the attention from around the world for its latest spectacular explosive activity and very loud booms.
Lava fountains reached a tremendous height of many hundreds of meters and could be seen even from space. The eruption earlier this week featured spectacular displays of gushing lava, with images shared widely on social media and making international news. While dramatic pictures of the volcanic activity sparked huge concern among some not from the region, Sicilians say it is normal – and they even look forward to it.
Don’t panic, this event is nothing to worry about! It may sound crazy, but this is quiet normal to witness such extreme activity. Sicilians, in particular the citizens of Catania, located at Etna’s feet, welcome these extraordiary events. We would be more worried if nothing was happening at all.
The fertile soil around the volcano allows for extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across its lower slopes. Etna is the home of great Sicilian wines. The lavic soil is rich in nutrients and the vines absorb them all. This is the element – together with a special local climate – that delivers high quality wines as a result.
We at La Sicilyana, are proud to offer some of the best wines made on Etna. Etna Bianco, Etna Rosato and Etna Rosso are the expression of this volcanic terroir with high minerality, incredible aromas of berries and flowers. If you haven’t heard of grapes of Catarratto, Carricante, Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio, I suggest to start browsing our online shop!
Photo; Rex Features, Corriere della Sera