countryside Guardiola, on the northen side of Etna, commune of Castiglione di
750 m asl.
high rainfall and humidity with great temperature changes throughout the day.
sandy, volcanic, very rich in minerals with subacid reaction.
100% (Negrello) grown as alberello (free standing bush). It is the
most noble indigenous Etnean variety. It was selected by the vine
growers of Etna, many century ago, at Mascali (CT), a town situated on
of Etna. This vine is constituted as an Etna red D.O.C. at not
less than 80%. It is present in all the Etnean region at an altitude which
from 350 metres asl to 1,050 meters asl. Depending on the location
of the vineyards, on the versant of the volcano and its method of cultivation,
the nuances and characteristics of these wines are significantly
from each other. As for all the indigenous Etnean varieties, the
grapes are of late ripening (2nd decade of October). The vines are cultivated
like alberello (free standing bush) and vinified like important
wines with predominating scents of red fruit, flowers and spices
together with a typical, pleasant taste of tannin.
about 9,000 vinestocks per hectare.
the grapes, harvested after mid October, are vinified in red with long maceration
with the skins.
after malolactic fermentation, the wine is transferred into small casks (225
liters) where it is left to mature for more than one year.
in bottle for 8-10 months.
- color: red ruby with light tints garnet.
- scent: ethereal,
of fruit, spices, with a nuance of tobacco and vanilla.
- taste: dry,
full, tannic, balanced, persistent with flavor of licorice. Reasonably
persistent and tannic.
13-14% by VOL.
18-20°C. In glasses for red bodied wines.
optimal with red meat, wild fowl and mature cheese.