After establishing the estate in 2000, Andrea has turned it into one the region’s stars, as well as a global proponent of what can be achieved on volcanic soils. As he says, “It seemed crazy to restore vineyards so high up the mountain – above, it was erupting – but I liked that they were planted so high.”
"100% Nerello Mascalese, sited at 650m altitude. Andrea tells us that this is Etna’s most sought-after contrada, recognised for its plush style. The 2017 has good colour, and reveals a heady nose combining fruit, flowers, meaty notes and salted minerals. The palate is plump and richlytextured, the tannins fruit-coated and fine. There is an abundance of fruit, complemented by strong espresso coffee notes, finishing with layers of fruit and dark chocolate - very fine in 2017.
Wine Spectator’s Insider Weekly – 94 Points
Drink now / lay down 2020 - 2027
It is hard to imagine a more exciting or varied wine-producing country than Italy. With a vibrant winemaking history spanning over 2,000 years, and vineyards stretching from the Alps through the Appenine mountains to Sicily, the Italian peninsula is home to an enormous range of climates, topographies and soil typeshosting hundreds of distinctive grapes unique to Italy.