Sicily’s most exciting and highly regarded growers

We’ve long loved the wines from Sicily: over the past few years we’ve featured a small number of growers that we think demonstrate the potential of this beautiful island. And now we’re thrilled to present a more comprehensive range of wines, that show how far Sicily has come from its reputation for bulk production. Because although it’s still Italy’s largest wine producing region, Sicily has seen something of a renaissance of late and the new generation have been focusing on making high quality wines from indigenous varieties, old vines and non-interventional and sustainable practices, transforming Sicily’s notoriety amongst fine wine drinkers.

This offer includes wines that have recently caught our eye and really showcase the diversity this island has to offer, giving you the chance to discover this truly exciting wine region that still offers incredible value. These are wines from some of the island’s most exciting growers, all available in tiny quantities. Don’t miss them!

Arianna Occhipinti

Arianna Occhipinti is a young winemaker that has helped elevate the reputation of Sicilian wines in recent years. Her wines, in particular her Frappato, have achieved cult-like status and her vineyards are located in the region of Vittoria in the southern part of the island with her winery residing on one of the oldest wine routes ever attested. Her approach is to use minimal sulphur and make her wines as naturally as possible to convey the true soul of the region into her wines.

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2021 Il Frappato, Occhipinti, Sicily Red | Still | 12.5%

"Arianna's Frappato is probably her most iconic wine, born out of a dream she had as a girl to produce a wine that resembled the Iblei mountains and Vittoria, but also herself. It is a wine that is wonderfully floral and exhibits redcurrants, sour cherries, crushed raspberries as well as hints of herbal and graphite. The tannins are powdery and fine and the palate is beautifully silky. "

Ready: 2023 - 2037 Maximum quantity (4 bottles) limit apply
2021 Il Frappato, Occhipinti, Sicily Red | Still | 12.5%

"Arianna's Frappato is probably her most iconic wine, born out of a dream she had as a girl to produce a wine that resembled the Iblei mountains and Vittoria, but also herself. It is a wine that is wonderfully floral and exhibits redcurrants, sour cherries, crushed raspberries as well as hints of herbal and graphite. The tannins are powdery and fine and the palate is beautifully silky. "

Ready: 2023 - 2037 Maximum quantity (1 magnum) limit apply
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2022 SP68 Sicilia Bianco, Occhipinti, Sicily White | Still | 11%

Arianna’s winery and many of her vineyards are based on or around road 68, from which this wine takes its name, and is one of the oldest wine routes ever documented. Made up of Muscat of Alexandria or known locally as Zibbibo (60%) and Albanello (40%) this white has a luxurious textural mouthfeel and displays fresh apricots, ripe stone fruits as well as lemon verbena, sea salt and thyme notes.

Ready: 2023 - 2030
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2022 SP68 Sicilia Rosso, Occhipinti, Sicily Red | Still | 11%

Arianna’s winery and many of her vineyards are based on or around road 68, from which this wine takes its name, and is one of the oldest wine routes ever documented. Made up of Frappato (70%) and Nero D’Avola (30%) The Nero D’Avola provides a ripeness and juiceness that combine in perfect synergy with the violets, wild florals and wild herbs from the Frappato. Expect a juicy core with a refreshing acidity and chalky tannins.

Ready: 2023 - 2033
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Eduardo Acosta

Originating from the Spanish island of Tenerife, Eduardo Acosta travelled to Sicily following his wine studies and worked with both Arianna Occhipinti and the Passopisciaro winery before starting his own project. 2014 was Eduardo’s first vintage from vineyards he had leased from the northern slopes of Etna, however as he made the wine in Arianna’s winery he could only legally label the wine IGT Terre Siciliane. Having found a building to make the wine for the 2018 vintage in Etna, he has decided to keep the wine as IGT rather than changing to Etna DOC.
 
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2020 Versante Nord Rosso, Eduardo Torres Acosta, Sicily Red | Still | 13.5%

This exciting project is set on Mount Etna and Spanish winemaking talent Eduardo Torres is only just getting started. Versante Nord comes from two parcels (Pietramarina and Crasa) totalling only 1.5 hectares and most importantly are planted on the cooler, north-facing side of Etna at 750 metres. The vines are from 45-80 years old and are made up of Nerello Mascalese as well as field blend mix of Nerello Cappuccio, Alicante Bouchet and Grenache. Expect bright red berry fruits as well as blood orange and hints of black pepper and sumac spice. The tannins are incredibly fine grained and the acidity is fresh and lively.

Ready: 2023 - 2030
2020 Pirrera, Eduardo Torres Acosta, Sicily Red | Still | 13.5%

Young Spanish winemaking talent Eduardo Torres is starting to create a name for himself on the impressive vineyards of Mount Etna. This Nerello Mascalese is planted at 850 metres altitude in the Pirrera Contrada, that had been abandoned for a number of years. Eduardo has painstakingly been restoring the vineyard to its true potential. Expect brambles and garrigue notes as well as cranberry and wild strawberry aromas. Violets and liquorice spice are supported but chalky tannins and zesty acidty.

Ready: 2023 - 2030

SRC Vini

This relatively new estate was set up in 2013 by winemaker Rosario (Rosri) Parasiliti, growing from 0.5 hectares to around 8 hectares, with all the vineyards located on the impressive slopes of Mount Etna. Rori was convinced by friend and fellow winemaker Alberto Graci to make wine here and has never looked back since. Rori works organically on vineyards situated at 1,000 metres of altitude, planted on historic, and more recent (1981!) lava flows. In 2016, he built a new cellar, accommodating cement and large botti for their wines made from tiny yields
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2022 Etna Bianco, SRC, Sicily White | Still

A winery in its infancy, SRC (named after the initials of the Parasiliti family) is an exciting project based on Etna with just under 10 hectares that are farmed sustainably and biodynamically. Northern slopes of Etna in the Calderara Sottana Contrada enable Rori, the owner and winemaker to maintain freshness in the wine. Carricante (80%) and Grecanico (20%) grapes that are planted at altitude on volcanic soils. Expect orange peel, citrus and wild herbs that are underpinned by a crisp and salty palate. This white has generosity as well as minerality to create a harmonious balance.

Ready: 2023 - 2030
2021 Etna Rosso, SRC, Sicily Red | Still

A winery in its infancy, SRC (named after the initials of the Parasiliti family) is an exciting project based on Etna with just under 10 hectares that are farmed sustainably and biodynamically. Northern slopes of Etna in the Calderara Sottana Contrada enable Rori, the owner and winemaker to maintain freshness in the wine. The Nerello Mascalese is 100% destemmed and is vinified exclusively in cement which provides great purity and a herbal character. Ripe red cherry fruits combined with cranberries and graphite notes. The tannins are chalky and well knitted into the wine’s core.

Ready: 2023 - 2035
2022 Vino Rosato, SRC, Sicily Rosé | Still

A winery in its infancy, SRC (named after the initials of the Parasiliti family) is an exciting project based on Etna with just under 10 hectares that are farmed sustainably and biodynamically. Northern slopes of Etna in the Calderara Sottana Contrada enable Rori, the owner and winemaker to maintain freshness in the wine. Predominantly Nerello Mascalese with wild flower perfume and red cherries layered with pink grapefruit and spice. The palate displays a refreshing pithiness on the finish.

Ready: 2023 - 2038
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Villagrande

Situated to the east of Mount Etna, the Nicolosi family have farmed these lands since the 17th century, with Don Carmelo Nicolosi named Baron of Villagrande by Emperor Charles VI of Augsburg in 1727. And when Etna was made a DOC in 1968, descendant Carlo Nicolosi Asmundo was key in seeing it through. This is as historic as Etna gets. Most of the vineyards are based in the Contrada of Milo, an area that is cooler than the north part due to more wind and rain, with the grapes benefitting from diurnal fluctuations and providing crisp acidities and slightly lower alcohols. Today, Marco is at the helm, and the wines are some of the most complex, charming and expressive wines from anywhere in Italy.
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2021 Etna Bianco, Barone di Villagrande, Sicily White | Still | 13%

Barone Villagrande is situated in the Contrada of Villagrande in Milo on the cooler eastern slopes of Etna. It has been in the Nicolosi family for over 300 years, who were instrumental in getting Etna established as DOC status. The Etna Bianco is floral with pear, white peach and lemon verbena aromas. The palate is saline and mineral, a nod to the volcanic soils of Mount Etna.

Ready: 2023 - 2030
2020 Etna Rosso, Barone di Villagrande, Sicily Red | Still | 13%

Barone Villagrande is situated in the Contrada of Villagrande in Milo on the cooler eastern slopes of Etna. It has been in the Nicolosi family for over 300 years, who were instrumental in getting Etna established as DOC status. This Nerello Mascalese has a silky core and displays attractive red berry and red plum fruits combined with hints of liquorice and graphite.

Ready: 2023 - 2035
2019 Contrada Villagrande, Etna Bianco Superiore, Barone di Villagrande, Sicily White | Still | 13%

Barone Villagrande is situated in the Contrada of Villagrande in Milo on the cooler eastern slopes of Etna. It has been in the Nicolosi family for over 300 years, who were instrumental in getting Etna established as DOC status. The Contrada Villagrande white is concentrated with lots of depth and intrigue. There is a waxiness on the palate with honey blossom, fleshy peach and fresh apricot notes. The core has a density to it, yet the acidity is wonderfully refreshing and nervy.

Ready: 2023 - 2035

Graci

Alberto Graci, a Sicily native, went to study in Rome and then worked in banking in Milan until he was drawn back to his home to produce wine in 2004. His family vineyards were not in Etna however, so he sold them on his return and bought land, mostly at altitude in Passopisciaro on the north east part of Etna. Graci is a pioneering winery that has focused on old vines, indigenous varieties and single vineyard sites to bring Etna to the forefront.
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2021 Etna Rosso, Graci, Sicily Red | Still | 14%

Alberto Graci returned from a career in banking in Milan to his native Sicily in 2004, convinced of the quality of the region and its true potential. High altitude plots, older vines, indigenous grapes on the northern slopes of Etna have been the estate’s focus. The Nerello has violet perfume with red cherries, wild strawberries and liquorice spice. Tannins are so fine and well integrated and the acidity is energetic, delicious.

Ready: 2023 - 2033
2021 Etna Bianco Arcurìa, Graci, Sicily White | Still | 12.5%

A white that is made up of 100% Catarratto, with the oldest vines around 70 years old and planted in an amphitheatre in the Arcurìa Contrada. This 20 hectare vineyard (Catarratto making up 1 hectare) has a diverse range of volcanic soil types, and benefits from cool and dry winds. Fleshy peach and honey blossom notes are supported by hints of more exotic pineapple and dried mango notes. There is a pithiness and citrus acidity on the palate as well as a saltiness that continues for some time on the finish.

Ready: 2023 - 2033
2022 Etna Bianco, Graci, Sicily White | Still | 12.5%

Made predominately of Carricante and a 1/3 and grapes being sourced from Contrada Arcurìa, Passopisciaro on the northern slopes of Mount Etna. The altitude of 600 metres as well as the complex volcanic soils help the wine achieve its mineral and vibrant palate. White, fleshy stonefruits are supported by white pepper spice and orange blossom notes. Citrus peel, fresh mango and salty notes continue on the finish for a long time.

Ready: 2023 - 2032
2019 Etna Rosso Arcurìa, Sopra il Pozzo, Graci, Sicily Red | Still | 14%

This Nerello comes from a special 1.5 hectare parcel in the Acuria Contrada, Sopra il Pozzo (“above the well”) that is dominated by volcanic sand and layers of stone named locally as "Rifusa". Following various soil studies by Alberto Graci, this plot was seen as being able to offer a unique expression of the terroir and grape. A wine that is only produced in exceptional vintages. The wine is layered with red berries and spice, with hints of smoke and wild flowers. The palate is gloriously fresh and vibrant.

Ready: 2024 - 2044
2021 Etna Rosato, Graci, Sicily Rosé | Still | 12.5%

This rosato although beautiful and showing great purity currently, this wine has always aged beyond expectations and therefore marking it way above its peers. Orange blossom, pink grapefruit, and lemon citrus profile combine with a steeliness and saltiness on the palate. There is a restrained concentration that definess this wine.

Ready: 2023 - 2028