countryside Verzella on the northern side of Etna, commune of Castiglione di
700 m asl.
high rainfall and humidity with great temperature changes throughout the day.
sandy, volcanic, rich in minerals with subacid reaction.
(Negrello), grown as alberello (free standing bush). This is the main indigenous
vine of the Etnean region. It has large medium-compact bunches,
with medium-sized grapes having skins light blue, very pruinose,
sweet and very tannic taste. Nerello Cappuccio or Mantellato
(mantled) grown as alberello (free standing bush). The place
of origin is unknown. It has medium-small sized compact bunches,
medium-sized grapes, blue-black skins. Taste is sweet and slightly
8,000 vinestocks per hectare.
the grapes at late ripening (2nd decade of October) are traditionally vinified
after malolactic fermentation, the wine matures in small casks (225 liters) for
about 8-10 months.