Archineri Etna Bianco DOC
Pietradolce, means “sweet stone” in Italian and is an ode to Etna. The volcanic soil covering the slopes is very stony, sandy and mineral-rich. The Etna volcano’s abundant mineral components and microclimate – cool nights, warm days and wide-ranging temperature variations – give Pietradolce wines extraordinary richness, minerality, fragrance and depth.
Mount Etna is still very active – one of the most active in the world. It is also Europe’s highest volcano, soaring up to 3,322 meters or 10,990 feet (but altitude varies slightly depending on eruptions). The winery, on Mount Etna’s northern slopes, is far enough from the actual peak for safety, yet close enough to make the most of this special terroir. Vineyard surface is over 11 hectares (27 acres) and altitude ranges from 650 to 900 meters (2,135 to 2,955 feet) above sea level. This makes for particularly fragrant, focused aromas.
The winery itself is young – founded in 2005 by brothers Michele and Mario Faro. However, Michele and Mario are no strangers to vines, roots, stock, grafts and scions – they are, according to Gambero Rosso’s 2013 Wines of Italy, “two of the world’s top experts in nursery gardening.” Not surprisingly given their background, the pillar of the Faro philosophy is the brothers’ total respect for their territory, for native grapes and for ancient, traditional training systems: bush-trained vines. Combining the best of tradition and modern technology, Pietradolce’s boutique-sized production is eco-friendly and aims for “maximum respect for the Etna heritage.” It represents Etna’s purest and fullest expressions, from very, very old vineyards pre-Phylloxera.
Archineri comes from the Sant’Andrea vineyard on the eastern slopes of the historic volcano. It is an intense and fine expression of its terroir. The vines have been there for a century and the altitude is quite high – 850 meters (2,790 feet) above sea level. Archineri ages exclusively in stainless steel and bottle, preserving its primary characteristics. This wine is fragrant and mellow, fresh and tangy, with just the right amount of concentration.
Wine exported to
Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia, Turks and Caicos
Most recent awards
- 2017 | Wine Advocate92
- 2017 | James Suckling93
- 2017 | Wine Enthusiast92
- 2016 | Decanter93
- 2016 | Vinous93
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Milo, Mount Etna, Sicily
2 hectares (5 acres)
Volcanic, stony, sandy loam
850 meters (2,788 feet) above sea level
9,000 plants per hectare
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pre-Phylloxera 100-120 years old
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Structured wine, with complex aromas of grapefruit and herbs; fresh and flavorful, with a long finish.
Best served at 10-12 °C (46.4-50 °F).
Pairs well with seafood salad
Up to 15 years
Michele and Mario Faro