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Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Mt Etna, 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.

The two white Crus from the Northern area, denominated with the Contradas of origin, respectively Calderara Sottanaand Santo Spirito, are composed of Carricante from old and young vines. At very high altitudes on the southern side of Etna Marc de Grazia has also discovered an area in Montalto where the Carricante thrives particularly well and we are thrilled to offer this cuvee for the first time. All the whites are fermented and aged in 10-hectolitre barrels. These are wines with rare complexity and structure which bloom wonderfully over time - they will reward your patience.

While we eagerly await the September release of the 2020 Etna Rosso’s, we are also delighted to have secured an extra allocation of the outstanding 2019 Etna Rosso from the ‘Premier Cru’ Moganazzivineyard and ‘Grand Cru’ Calderara Sottana

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