ETNA is a phenomenon.
A ‘hotbed’ of so much rare, untapped, volcanic potential.
So when did they and we realise it?
Gazing northwards from MOUNT ETNA, your eyes will fix upon the picturesque hillside town of Castiglione di Sicilia. At 621 metres above sea level, it is considered one of Italy’s ‘borghi piu’ belli’. It’s also the home town of Francesco Tornatore.
The mighty impressive doors of the GRACI winery opened for the first time in 2004 after Alberto Graci was lured back to his Sicilian roots having made the decision of a lifetime…to drop all and become a Winemaker.
At the Contrade dell’Etna 2017, it was no surprise that tasters flocked towards the Girolamo Russo winery. As one of Etna’s most highly regarded cellars, an early preview of their #V16 Contrade (Feudo di Mezzo, Feudo and San Lorenzo) is naturally a MUST.
We were photographing the brass plate at the entrance to the Tenuta delle Terre Nere cellar, when across the courtyard strolled Marco de Grazia. Now we’d never met him before. But we knew it was Marco, it must be.