Sicilians have been tending grapevines on their mountainous island for millennia, with little exterior discover.
However as of late, the area’s proud winemakers (who solely obtained their Sicilia DOC, or “designation of managed origin,” in 2012) are not content material making easy desk wines or bulk manufacturing to ship as nameless filler for different wine areas.
As an alternative, they’re embracing indigenous, food-friendly grapes — like Nerello Mascalese, Nero d’Avola, Grillo, Catarratto and Frappato — and their vinous magnificence within the glass.
Get schooled on Sicily with these 4 incredible bottles.
Sambucese Grillo 2021 ($12)
Sambucese’s pretty Grillo grows in Salaparuta in western Sicily, a small, arid grape-growing space that produces stunning whites like this.
Its pale yellow hue suggestions you off to the colourful aromas and flavors of lemon and white grapefruit inside, but it surely additionally presents fairly notes of beeswax and a satisfying weightiness on the palate.
A lingering, zippy citrus zest end makes it extra versatile than a easy quaffing wine. Sip on it as an aperitif, certain, however don’t be shy about pairing it with every little thing from uncommon tuna to pork.
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Sambucese Nero d’Avola 2020 ($12)
There’s a beautiful freshness to this gorgeous Nero d’Avola (essentially the most broadly planted grape, pink or white, in Sicily) that’s simple to like.
It’s splendidly juicy in your mouth, providing notes of plump blueberries and black plums, just-right tender tannins, and just a little little bit of baking spice.
At an even-keeled 13% ABV (with a bang-for-your-buck value level), it’s a pink you may get pleasure from for a couple of glass earlier than hitting the wall. And it’s best to — with a plate of salumi and cheese or alongside your favourite weeknight pizza.
Planeta Frappato 2020 ($27)
With vineyards in 5 areas of Sicily, Planeta has been on the forefront of the island’s wine business since 1995.
The label’s Frappato, grown within the pink sandy soils of Vittoria, is much less well-known than Sicily’s pink calling card, Nero d’Avola, but it surely deserves your consideration.
The nostril is all roses and raspberries, with a juicy splash of plum on the palate wrapped in savory flavors of thyme and fennel. It’s mild and wonderful, however not with out a stunning yank of tannic grippiness.
Serve with swordfish, olives and recent herbs.
Alta Mora Etna Rosso 2019 ($25)
Diego and Alberto Cusumano constructed a repute on their namesake Nero d’Avola, but it surely was their dream to open a vineyard on the volcanic soils of Mount Etna.
Alta Mora is the estate-grown realization of that aspiration, with vineyards stretching 4,000 ft up the mountain.
Their elegant Etna Rosso is 100% Nerello Mascalese. Deep, opaque ruby in coloration, it presents aromas and flavors of black cherry, eucalyptus and just a little snappy, spicy licorice.