37° 45' 18.23" N


14° 59' 42.89" E




about this subregion

Tucked away on the verdant slopes of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, the Etna DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) represents one of the most unique and captivating wine regions of Italy. It’s not just the volcanic soils that make the terroir exceptional; it's the interplay of elevation, climate, and the ethereal presence of the mountain itself.

The environment of the Etna DOC is nothing short of dynamic. Fluctuations in temperature brought about by its altitude combine with mineral-rich volcanic soils to create a winemaker's dreamscape, nurturing vines that bear grapes with exceptional character and distinct profiles. And with the persistent shadow of Etna looming, a constant reminder of nature’s power and unpredictability, every bottle from this region carries a story of resilience, adaptation, and passion.

Of the various grape varieties planted in the Etna DOC, the most celebrated red is undoubtedly the Nerello Mascalese. This grape produces wines with a remarkable depth of flavor, often marked by notes of cherry, tobacco, and a characteristic minerality. It is to Etna what Sangiovese is to Tuscany; a signature grape that embodies the spirit and essence of its home.

On the white side, Carricante reigns supreme. Native to Sicily, this grape thrives in the cool, elevated climates of the Etna region. Wines produced from Carricante are aromatic, with hints of citrus, fresh herbs, and an unmistakable touch of the volcanic terroir that defines Etna DOC.

In the dance of vines, volcanic soil, and nature’s unpredictable rhythm, Etna DOC stands as a testament to the beauty of resilience and the art of winemaking.


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Discover Terroir

The Etna DOC, located within the Sicily wine region, covers the vineyards settled on the slopes of the still active Sicilian volcano Etna.

In this region, the climate is markedly Mediterranean. The thermal amplitudes between seasons and between day and night are very marked, while rainfall tends to be more concentrated on the eastern slopes of the volcano. Summers in the region tend to be dry, while rains occur more frequently between autumn and winter.

Due to its proximity to the volcano, the soils of the region are volcanic, very rich in minerals and also in nutrients such as iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium. This gives Etna wines a unique mineral profile, which together with the use of indigenous varieties results in wines that reflect the particular terroir of this DOC.


Most Planted Red Grape Varieties: Nerello Mascalese

Most Planted White Grape Varieties: Carricante

In the enchanting Erice DOC wine region of Sicily, Italy, a delightful trio of red, white, and rosato wines captures the essence of this picturesque land. Each wine boasts a unique grape composition, a testament to the region's winemaking expertise and terroir.

The red wines of Erice DOC shine with a minimum of 80% Nerello Mascalese, a local grape variety renowned for its elegance and structure. Adding depth to the blend, up to 20% Nerello Cappuccio weaves in its distinctive character. A touch of other authorized grapes completes the composition, culminating in captivating wines that enchant with their red fruit notes and refined tannins.

For the white wines, Carricante dominates the blend with a minimum of 60%, offering its refreshing acidity and delicate citrus aromas. Up to 40% Catarratto contributes its fruitiness, while other authorized grape varieties add complexity. The result is a medley of flavors, harmoniously balanced, and expressing the charm of Erice's white wines.

As for the rosato wines, the enchanting Nerello Mascalese takes center stage again, composing a minimum of 80% of the blend. Up to 20% Nerello Cappuccio, known locally as Nerello Mantellato, lends its vivid color and soft berry nuances. A maximum of 10% other authorized non-white grape varieties complete the ensemble, forming captivating rosato wines with alluring aromas and a lively palate.

Erice DOC's commitment to preserving traditional grape varieties and emphasizing their unique expressions is evident in each wine. This magical wine region, with its favorable Mediterranean climate and rich volcanic soils, is an ode to Sicilian winemaking heritage. Whether indulging in the velvety reds, crisp whites, or vibrant rosatos, wine enthusiasts can embark on a captivating journey of flavors, immersing themselves in the allure of Erice's extraordinary wines.