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“Island within the island” which is the Sicilian “wine continent”, Etna is different from the other wine territories of Sicily, Italy and the world because on the highest active volcano in Europe, and among the most active in the Earth, Unesco Heritage, everything is different. To document the “magic” of Etna wine, Sicily’s wine “diamond”, between history and future, markets that pull and territorial projects that look at the transition from Doc to Docg and to a more in-depth zoning that starts from the Contrade, WineNews returned to the volcano to collect the vision of the producers, the “voices” of Etna that tell of a land made of great “natural biodiversity”, with a “super-heroic” viticulture, and where the growth of wine was the decisive engine of development of a territory that can still grow a lot (here the reportage, and here the analysis of the “bio-diversity” of the volcano by Attilio Scienza, one of the leading viticulture experts in the world, professor of Viticulture at the University of Milan, while the next monograph of “I Quaderni di WineNews” is dedicated to our tasting notes on Etna wines that express the personality of each single vineyard as in no other territory. We did it while waiting for the “Etna Days – I Vini del Vulcano” (13-18 September), the first press tour with which the Consorzio Tutela Vini Etna Doc welcomes the major international journalists in the wine sector directly to its slopes, in particular from USA and Northern Europe, and expert tasters who, in recent decades, have consecrated Etna on a world level among the wine territories on the crest of the wave.
“We strongly wanted to carry out this project, which last year was postponed due to the pandemic – explains the president of the Consortium Francesco Cambria – the wines of Etna represent among the highest peaks of viticulture not only in Sicily, but in Italy. The tour will allow the most important international publications to know and make known to the whole world the variety, diversity and quality of the wines of our producers “. The Etna Doc Consortium today represents the work of 383 producers and a production that, in 2021, exceeded 4.5 million bottles. The presence of ancient native varieties such as Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante, together with a viticulture with highly distinctive characteristics – the volcanic composition of the soils, the presence of centenary vines, the sapling training system, the different slopes of the ‘Etna and the 133 Contrade – offer a complex and fascinating scenario, as are the types produced on Etna, which include red, white, rosé and sparkling wines (but the prices of DOC and Igt wine vineyards are also growing, which are worth between 41-85,000 euros per hectare, according to Crea 2021 data analyzed by WineNews).
The press tour “Etna Days – I Vini del Vulcano” dedicated to the international press, falls in harvest time (here the first “impressions” of the producers at WineNews), and, explains the Consortium, is a journey to discover the increasingly lively Etna viticulture, and to deepen and immerse yourself in the vines and wines of the Denomination, through a program of tastings, master classes and visits to producers. After the welcome of the guests, on 14 September the Consortium presents the territory with a volcanologist from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Ingv), and, to follow, there will be a tasting desk with all the wines of the Denomination and an archaeological visit to the evocative rock millstones: the ancient sites dug into the rock, destined for the pressing of the grapes and the fermentation of musts. On 15 and 16 September the journalists will visit 40 companies that also host the wines and producers of another 50 Etna Doc wineries. Finally, on 17 September they will be led on a guided excursion on the spectacular summit craters of the volcano, up to the Refuge. Wisdom. The day will end in Catania at Palazzo della Cultura with a meeting with the producers and a special final wine party.

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