Exhausted, while nearly all of Sicily is resting after finishing their grape harvest, the call of Mount Etna brings us back into the vineyards, concluding the annual growing cycle across these five territories where we live and work. We walk up and down the volcano, observing the maturity of the grapes that grow in between the mountain’s ancient black stone terraces and huge chestnut trees. Almost three months after we began the vendemmia, we harvest and vinify the Nerello Mascalese and Caricante grapes contrada by contrada. Four contradas spread throughout the North East side of the mountain, each have their own specific characteristics composed of differing altitude, soil composition, sun exposition, typology and layers of lava. It is here on the highest active volcano in Europe that we are reminded that the magic of Sicily resides in its enormous diversity.
Photo : Benedetto Tarantino