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. Way up high on the volcano Terre Nere found an area where Carricante thrives remarkably well. The location is known as Montalto or 'high mountain'. Here in the finest of exposures and always refreshed by healthy breezes at 950 metres elevation lies this very old (60-90 years) 2 hectare vineyard.
‘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.’ Marco de Grazia