Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea with a 600-mile coastland. It is one of Europe's oldest vinicultural regions with its fertile soil and long summers with little rain.
The oenological history of the island dates to as early as 1,500 BC. The Greeks introduced several varieties of vines when they began to settle in Sicily in the 8th century BC. In 1773, John Woodhouse started producing Marsala, Sicily’s most famous wine.
Until about five years ago, nearly 75% of wine produced in Sicily was not bottled and shipped to be used in wine made elsewhere in Italy. New generations of winemakers are concentrating on choosing the right sites for the right grape varieties, yields have dropped and investments in marketing and vineyard practices have improved quality. Today, most of Sicily’s wine is bottled and some of the best houses make excellent wines that because of the small quality are only enjoyed by locals and visitors.
As Sicily's wine tourism grows steadily, the destination was just named one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine's 2017 “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations” for the first time.
The island's wine tourism is largely influenced by a consortium of 130 Sicilian wine producers committed to preserving and promoting Sicily's winemaking industry. There are 23 denomination of origin (or "appellation" abbreviated D.O. or D.O.C.), and one D.O.C.G. wine: Cerasuolo di Vittoria.
International grape varietals including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are grown. The native or indigenous Sicilian grape varieties are important in wine production. The red grapes are: Nero D’Avola, Nerello, Perricone, Primitivo, Frappato, Gaglioppo, Zibibbo, and the whites: Cataratto, Grecanico, Grillo, Inzolia, Zibibbo, Damaschino, Trebbiano, Ausonica, Moscato Bianco, Carricante, Corinto Nero.
Our March 8th tasting features the wines from Villa Pozzi, each varietal priced at only $9.99!
When you open a bottle of Villa Pozzi, our hope is to transport you to a cozy Italian villa nestled in a small Sicilian town far away from the busy every day. It’s a leisurely escape from the world outside and a journey of taste that makes any day feel special.”
- Daniele Pozzi, Owner & Winemaker
Pinot Grigio – A fragrant, richer Pinot Grigio than you might expect. It showcases aromas of lemon, white peach, and pear. It’s clean and well balanced with bright acidity, and the finish lingers with notes of stone fruit and flowers.
Nero d'Avola – The most important indigenous red grape in Sicily. This wine reveals aromas of blackberry, white flowers, vanilla and a hint of figs. On the palate it is opulent and full-bodied with sweet tannins.
Cabernet Sauvignon – Twenty percent of the wine is aged in oak barrel while the rest is finished in stainless steel, leaving just a hint of warm vanilla to round out the rich fruit character of the grape.