Grapes Cirricante, Catarratto
Region: Sicily, Italy
Appellation Etna D.O.C
Tenuta delle Terre Nere is a benchmark Etna estate owned by the experienced winemaker Marco de Grazia. Its first commercial vintage was 2002, making it one of the region’s foremost pioneers.
The vineyard is located in the slopes of Mount Etna and it’s volcanic soils impart heaps of minerality to the wines.
Marco first made this wine in 2005. He wanted to remove that more or less 5% of white grapes that the local vignerons used to mingle with their red ones, in order to make his Etna Rosso from red grapes alone. The white grapes were a mumbo-jumbo of local varieties: Carricante, Catarratto, Grecanico, Inzolia and Minnella. So that’s what his Etna Bianco was: a field blend of all the above, with Carricante dominating the blend with roughly 65%. And that’s what it still is.This is a wine that loves seafood, particularly over pasta, after all, it is Sicilian