“Having vinified grapes from that area for six years on an experimental level, and certain of their exceptional grace, I was very lucky to be offered a tiny vineyard from which my favorite white grapes came. The area is known as Montalto, although it is not classified as a Contrada. And here, at 950 meters, in the most perfect and constantly breezy aspect, lies my small and very old vineyard. And here one finds that freshness of climate which perfectly compensates for the full southern exposure. The first vintage produced is 2019 – a pearl”.
‘Unlike Calderara Sottana, this wine has a more open and exuberant nose – thanks to the generosity of the huge amount of volcanic ash characteristic of the Contrada. If the Calderara Sottana is a tenor, the Santo Spirito is more a soprano: the freshness is more accentuated, as is the spring vivacity, floral and rich expression of its very fine nature.’
“Between the two crus, Calderara Sottana has the densest, most masculine character: an intense, long, very long, majestic wine. We believe our new Carricante plants, located in the highest part of Calderara, will complete it with added agility and fresh vigor.”
“Moganazzi and Guardiola with Santo Spirito closely following, have always been considered the best terroirs of the Municipality of Castiglione, the largest of the northern slopes of Etna. Consequently, in 2007, when I discovered a very small plot of Moganazzi for sale, I grabbed it without hesitation. But it was so tiny that I decided to dedicate its splendid wine –three barriques! – to a charity project linked to the Meyer pediatric hospital in Florence. Three years ago we managed to buy an adjacent parcel and rent another piece immediately next to it. So, with the 201 harvest I began to bottle the Moganazzi cru also for Terre Nere”.
"The soils of Calderara Sottana are easily recognizable, even at a glance. Of all the crus of the Etna DOC they are certainly the stoniest. So much so that in some areas you can’t see the ground from the stones that cover it. Fist-size, light, a mix of black pumice and basalt. The word itself, Calderara, recalls heat, probably born from the warmth that the black stones retain and transmit back to the earth on cold nights. Locally Calderara and its wines enjoy an extraordinary reputation. Our Calderara Sottana is the result of very old vineyards, from 60 to 10 years of age. Of all our crus it is perhaps the most complete: just as a wide-angle lens includes the widest panorama, so our Calderara seems to contain and exhibit the widest spectrum of flavors, aromas and nuances."
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