Archineri Etna Rosso DOC

Pietradolce, means “sweet stone” in Italian and is an ode to Etna, its home. 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 is the winery’s historic vineyard of Sicily’s native Nerello Mascalese, measuring just 2 hectares/about 5 acres. It is pre-Phylloxera and enjoys a semi-amphitheater shape, surrounded in olive trees and prickly pear cacti. Warmed by the Sicilian sun, this is the perfect environment for these seventy- to eighty-year-old vines to flourish. Its altitude is quite high, though not the highest of the Pietradolce vineyards. Archineri Rosso is flawless, well-rounded, forward, and shows great finesse. It ages fourteen months in fine-grained, lightly toasted French oak tonneaux and in bottle.

Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia, Turks and Caicos

Most recent awards

  • 2016 | Wine Advocate92
  • 2016 | Wine Enthusiast92
  • 2016 | Wine Spectator90
  • 2016 | James Suckling93
  • 2015 | Vinous93
  • 2011 | Decanter93
Grape Varieties:

100% Nerello Mascalese

Fermentation container:

Concrete tanks

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

8 days

Type of yeast:


Fermentation temperature:

22-28 °C (71.6-82.4 °F)

Maceration technique:


Length of maceration:

18 days

Malolactic fermentation:


Aging containers:

Oak barrels

Container size:

700 Lt

Container age:

2-6 years old

Type of oak:

French, fine-grained, light toast

Bottling period:


Aging before bottling:

14 months

Aging in bottle:

3 months


Natural Cork



Vineyard name:


Vineyard location:

Solicchiata, Mount Etna, Sicily

Vineyard size:

2 hectares (5 acres)

Soil composition:

Volcanic, stony, sandy loam

Vine training:



850 meters (2,788 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

9,000 plants per hectare





Years planted:

1929, 1939

Age of vines:

Pre-Phylloxera 80-90 years old

Time of harvest:


First vintage of this wine:


Total yearly production (in bottles):


Tasting notes:

Lush and fruity on the nose, with distinct spicy and balsamic nuances; on the palate, excellent volume, depth and structure, great mouthfeel and finesse; clean, consistent and lengthy finish.

Serving temperature:

Best served at 16-18 °C (60.8-64.4 °F).

Food pairings:

A wonderful match for Pasta alla Norma (pasta with tomato, eggplant and ricotta salata) and red meat.

Aging potential:

Up to 15 years


Alc. Cont. by Vol.: 14%


Michele and Mario Faro