Monte Serra, the volcanic cone at the lowest altitude of the eastern side of
Etna, in the commune of Viagrande (Ct).
500 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 vine of
the Etnean region. It has large medium-compact bunches, with medium-sized
grapes having skins light blue, very pruinose. Its taste is sweet
and very tannic. Nerello Cappuccio or Mantellato (mantled) grown as alberello
standing bush). Its place of origin is unknown. It has medium-small
sized compact bunches, medium-sized grapes, blue-black skins. Its taste
and slightly tannic.
about 8,000 vinestocks per hectare.
100 years, in part with vines "franco di piede" (ungrafted).
the grapes, harvested at the end of September, are vinified in red with long
maceration of the must with the skins in 52-hectoliter oak casks.
after malolactic fermentation, wine is transferred into small casks (225 liters)
where it matures for more than one year.
in bottle for at least 12 months.