One of the most exciting wines from Sicily. Marc de Grazia hails from Piemonte but championed the revival of Mt Etna wines back in the early 2000s when vineyards cost almost nothing - now land on this majestic volcano is some of the most sought after in Europe and the wines have become globally recognised for quality and distinctiveness. He created Tenuta della Terre Nere (land of the black earth) in 2002 and has been instrumental in identifying and classifying the finest 'cru', or Contrada as they are known locally, on the prestigious northern slopes of Mt Etna where the vines take some respite from the Mediterranean sun thanks to aspect and altitude.
Etna Bianco wines are rare, with white grapes constituting just 4% of the vineyard area of Mt Etna. This is a blend of local varieties, predominantly Carricante and Catarratto - grown right across Mt Etna and made in stainless steel tanks. A powerful lemony wine with wonderful, mineral depth and a refreshing saline finish - this little Etna Bianco has a permanent position in my wine fridge at home. Just a superb drinking wine.