countryside Rovittello, on the northern side of Etna, commune of Castiglione
di Sicilia (Ct).
750 m asl
high rainfall and humidity with great temperature changes throughout the day.
sandy, volcanic, very 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.
Taste is sweet and very tannic. 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
about 9,000 vinestocks per hectare.
the grapes at late ripening (2nd decade of October) are traditionally vinified
in red with long maceration of the must with the skins.
after malolactic fermentation, the wine matures in small casks (225 liters) for
more than one year.