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PASSOPISCIARO

Up at 1000 meters on Mount Etna, in Sicilia a powerful summer baked our old vines of Nerello Mascalese in 2006. The slopes of the volcano had been covered with snow until April and the plants had all the nourishment that they needed.

That combination of good growth and heat in the summer made the skins into a strong fabric that carried the grapes safely all the way into November; which is where the altitude has them reach a late ripeness.

n 2000 Andrea Franchetti decided to restore an old farm and cellars on the slopes of Mount Etna, an active volcano in northeastern Sicily. The winery sits at about a thousand meters of altitude above the small wine town of Passopisciaro in the district of Castiglione di Sicilia, on the northern slope of the volcano. His first task was to clear and restore long-abandoned terraces of ancient vines on the northern slopes of the mountain, replanting at a density of 12,000 vines per hectare on thin lavic soil.

His arrival on Etna helped to initiate the renaissance of viticulture on the mountain and an international discovery of the wines of Etna. At Passopisciaro, he focuses on the native grape Nerello Mascalese and its various expressions of terroir and altitudes through a series of crus, as well as the varieties Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, and Cesanese d’Affile.

V PRODUCT ML
2013 PASSOROSSO 750
2015 PASSOROSSO 750
2015 CONTRADA RAMPANTE 750
2015 CONTRADA CHIAPPEMACINE 750
2015 CONTRADA SCIARANUOVA 750
2015 CONTRADA PORCARIA 750
2015 CONTRADA GUARDIOLA 750
2016 GUARDIOLA CHARDONNAY 750
2008 FRANCHETTI 750