About this wine
The top wine of Passopisciaro, this is a ‘super-Etna’ blend of Bordeaux grape Petit Verdot, and Cesanese d’Affile, a grape native to Lazio. Yet here in the soils of Etna, they take on unique characteristics in combination with the living volcanic soils of this region.<>
This is a true ‘winemaker's wine’, denser and more concentrated than the wines of the indigenous Nerello grape. Still with its hallmark structure, the PV becomes more peppery and spicy, leaner and stiffer than in Bordeaux, while the CdA is a gentle aromatic counter to this.
An individual wine of Etna, something wholly representative of its maker, and his vision.
In 2000, Andrea Franchetti found himself looking at the ruins of an ancient vineyard on the northern slopes of an active volcano in Sicily.
Taken with the rare combination of altitude and soils that Mount Etna offered, he, along with his contemporaries, set about rejuvenating these 100+-year-old vineyards. And slowly, piece by piece, the modern Etna wine scene was born.
The winery sits at in a spectacular setting at 1000m asl above the town of Passopisciaro. The focus in on the native grape Nerello Mascalese, of which they make six different iterations. Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, and Cesanese d’Affile are also planted.