Etna Rosso DOC

Nerello Mascalese has grown for centuries in and around Etna and it thrives in the sandy volcanic soil and in the long growing seasons of the elevated slopes of the Etna volcano. The wines from Etna are often compared to the best Pinot Noirs in the world and in Italy, the area is often referred to as “the Burgundy of Italy,” because of the wine’s similarities to the highly esteemed French counterpart.

This particular version comes from a single vineyard near the town of Castiglione di Sicilia, 600 meters (1,968 feet) above sea level. It ages three months in French, fine-grained oak barrels that have been lightly toasted. Trademark Etna Rosso features abound in this entry-level version: a virtual explosion of flavor, full of fruity and floral aromas, laced with sweet spice. Lovely acidity, preserved by the cool overnight temperatures and elegant tannins.

Wine exported to

Canada, USA, Singapore, Australia, Turks and Caicos

Most recent awards

  • 2020 | James Suckling90
  • 2019 | Vinous92
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:

3 months

Aging in bottle:

3 months


Diam 3



Vineyard location:

Solicchiata, Mount Etna, Sicily

Vineyard size:

4 acres (10 acres)

Soil composition:

Volcanic, stony, sandy loam

Vine training:

Alberello, Espalier


800 meters (2,625 feet) above sea level

Vine density:

4500 plants per hectare





Years planted:

1989, 2008

Age of vines:

11-30 years old

Time of harvest:


First vintage of this wine:


Total yearly production (in bottles):

30,000 ‚¬

Tasting notes:

Berries and brushwood; elegance, minerality and long-lasting on the palate.

Serving temperature:

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

Food pairings:

Pairs well with red tuna, caponata (typical Sicilian dish similar to ratatouille), white meat and cheese.

Aging potential:

Up to 10 years


Alc. Cont. by Vol.: 14.5%


Michele e Mario Faro