Contrada Santo Spirito Etna Rosso DOC

The Contrada Santo Spirito vineyard is about 2 hectares/5 acres of pre-Phylloxera terraced vines that have the privilege of overlooking a valley, just two kilometers from the original estate. Thus, there is very little if any protection in an area known for its drying winds, and this gives the wine its signature freshness. It is located near Passopisciaro and its wine is the most similar to a classic Burgundy. Delicate and elegant with great finesse, with a little less muscle than the other wines in the line.

After fermentation and eighteen days of maceration, Santo Spirito ages in third and fourth-use tonneaux. It beautifully highlights the differences between Etna’s micro-terroirs.


Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia, Turks and Caicos

Most recent awards

  • 2017 | Wine Advocate94
  • 2019 | James Suckling91
  • 2016 | Vinous90
  • 2016 | Wine Enthusiast93
  • 2016 | Wine Spectator92
Grape Varieties:

100% Nerello Mascalese

Fermentation container:

Concrete tanks

Length of alcoholic fermentation:

8 days

Type of yeast:

Cultivated

Fermentation temperature:

22-28 °C (71.6-82.4 °F)

Maceration technique:

traditional

Length of maceration:

18 days

Malolactic fermentation:

Yes

Aging containers:

Oak barrels

Container size:

700 Lt

Container age:

2/6 years old

Type of oak:

French, fine-grained, light toast

Bottling period:

June

Aging before bottling:

14 months

Aging in bottle:

3 months

Closure:

Natural Cork

Organic:

Yes

Vineyard name:

Santo Spirito

Vineyard location:

Passopisciaro, C.da Santo Spirito Mount Etna, Sicily

Vineyard size:

2 hectares (5 acres)

Soil composition:

Volcanic, stony, sandy loam

Vine training:

Alberello

Altitude:

900 meters (2,952 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

9000 plants per hectare

Yield:

25-30 q.li/Ha

Exposure:

Northern

Years planted:

1929, 1939

Age of vines:

pre-Phylloxera 80-90 years old

Time of harvest:

Mid-October

First vintage of this wine:

2016

Total yearly production (in bottles):

5,000 ‚¬

Tasting notes:

Light ruby red with garnet highlights. Great finesse and elegance, mineral.

Serving temperature:

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

Food pairings:

Pairs well with red meat and roasts.

Aging potential:

Up to 15 years

Alcohol:

Alc cont.: 14% by volume

Winemaker:

Michele e Mario Faro