Etna DOC wines come from the magnificent slopes of Mount Etna, a 3,330-meter-high (10,920 feet) active volcano that stands tall over the northeastern corner of Sicily. The Etna DOC was the very first in Sicily, created in 1968, nine months before Marsala was given the same designation. Etna Rosso is the most common wine produced on the slopes. This gorgeous red is made mainly from Nerello Mascalese with up 20% Nerello Cappuccio. Its Bianco (white) counterpart is composed of at least 60% Carricante, but can be blended with Sicily’s most widely planted white grape, Catarratto, as well as a host of other grapes traditionally grown in the area, such as Trebbiano and Minnella. There is also a relatively rare Rosato (Rosé) wine made from Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio.

Map of the region

Etna wineries

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