Andrea Franchetti, undaunted by molten rock, was one of the first to plant on the perilous slopes of Mount Etna. An eruption in 1947 demarcated the core of the property, which is now bordered at its upper limit by a ridge of black gravel, the cooled remains of that lava spill. Andrea established the estate in 2000 and has since turned it into one the region’s stars, as well as a global proponent of just what can be achieved on volcanic soils.
"Amidst an array of red and black berries, there is singular tannic grip and crunchy volcanic minerals. Brooding and earthy, this will give pleasure in relative youth, with food, but will also age well."
Drink now / lay down 2020 - 2026
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.