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Sicily, Italy




Grapes Grown:

Davide Bentivegna

Carricante, Grecanico, Narello, Mascalese

After half a lifetime abroad, Davide decided to return to his roots. Originally from the hills outside of Catania, he began his agricultural expedition in 2008 while still working his day job. 2010 marks his first vintage on Etna, and has since expanded his enterprise by acquiring more vineyards, orchards, and land fertile for agriculture in his never-ending quest to interpret and transform the bounty of the volcano in a natural way. Etnella young agricultural enterprise located on the slopes of Mount Etna, believe in a conception of wine that is above all humanistic, promote a responsibility towards the environment, the community, our customers, and the future. At high altitudes ranging from 500mt above sea level and up to over 1000 meters, every contrade express a panoply of Etna Terroir. Contrade or sub zones are Presa, Linguaglossa, Solicchiata, Passopisciaro and Randazzo. These are all based on the north-eastern side of the volcano. Each contrada is treated separately, as each parcel has a distinct lava stratification, mesoclimate, and exposition. The resulting wines are a panoply of various expressions of Etna�s terroir. The vineyards are trained in alberello style, or bush trained, an ancient method traditionally used on Etna. The vines are planted on land that is terraced with drystone walls constructed with the local volcanic stones so omnipresent on Etna�s slopes. The close proximity of the vines (6,000 � 9,000 plants per hectare) creates fierce competition and forces the roots to point downward in the volcanic soil in search of water and nutrients, yeld per Hectare is about 30 to max 50 tons.
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