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.
“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.” Marco de Grazia