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Sicily

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Beyond the Strait of Messina, Sicily is highlighting not only for the great production, which in 2009 gave about 6,175,000 hl of wine, for white,, but above all for some wines of absolute excellence, linked both to vines autochthonous such as nero d'avola and inzolia, and to some internationals such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, and chardonnay.
Viticulture develops above all in the western zone and in the province of Trapani, land of Marsala DOC; here is more than 50% of the vineyard area.
Strange case, that of Marsala. Much appreciated a time, fallen into disgrace in the '60s for a heavy fall in image, thanks to a more recent disciplinary precise and rigid lately is giving good results.
 The most characteristic white grape varieties are catarrattes, inzolia or ansonica, the golden grecanico, the damaschino and the cricket, which are the basis for the production of most of the white wines. Among those with red berries you can mention the Calabrian or black d'Avola, the nerello mascalese, the perricone or pignatello and the frappato, which give very encouraging results in different areas. Although it is appreciated for some great dry wines, Sicily is still much loved for the golden colors of its sweet dessert wines, for their aromatic nuances and the velvety softness of taste, unmistakable in Malvasia delle Lipari and Moscato Passito di Pantelleria, obtained from zibibbo or Muscat of Alexandria.

Sicily by numbers:

5,703
Kmq di superficie
1
DOCG
24
DOC
8
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Information about Sicily

Region
Sicily
Country
Italy
Territorial morphology
Plain: 14%   Hill: 62%   Mountain: 24%
Soil and climate
Sicily is dominated by a Mediterranean climate, warm and arid on the coastal strip, temperate and humid in the central part and on the hills. The influence of the seas creates diversified climatic conditions that give rise to continuous local ventilation. The great winds blow mainly from sirocco and from the west with important drought effects, accentuated by high summer temperatures: the sirocco can reach 55 ° C for some days, with serious consequences on the vineyards. Precipitation is concentrated in the winter months and is abundant only in the highest areas of Etna, the Sicilian Apennines and the Iblei mountains, while elsewhere are scarce, especially in the plains of Catania and Gela, where they fall below 600 mm/year.
History
The ancient inhabitants, the Sicani, called this Region of Sicily. When it was colonized by the Greeks it was called Trinachia, due to the triangular shape that belonged to it. The name Sicily took it from the Sicilian people.
Typical products
The nerello grows up to 1000 m in height to give particularly delicate wines. Used mainly for Etna Rosso, a slightly spicy wine, it can also be used in the production of classic method sparkling wines, as the Murgo company well teaches. The frappato, the main grape of the Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG, is another increasingly appreciated grape from which to obtain wines with a lively cherry flavor. Muscat is not new in the Sicilian wine scene, but it continues to be the most promising white vine on the island. The Planets have redeemed the Moscato di Noto from an almost total oblivion. Probably the Sicilian Muscat better known off the island is the Muscat of Alexandria, known as Zibibbo, which, grown on the volcanic soil of Pantelleria, gives the sumptuous Moscato di Pantelleria. In the Aeolian Islands, however, Malvasia is the merit of the sweet orange flavor of local wines. The most refined example of Malvasia delle Lipari is produced by the Barone Villagrande company.
Typical dishes
One of the typical products is the extra-virgin olive oil DOP such as Monti Iblei, Valle Trapanesi, Val di Mazara, Mount Etna, Valdemone and Valle del Belice. Among the most famous appetizers are the arancini, balls or rice cones with the sauce stuffed with minced meat with tomatoes and peas, then breaded and fried, the famous DOP Nocellara del Belic olives, made with chopped parsley, capers and breadcrumbs . Among the first courses the most typical is the pasta alla Norma, made with penne or spaghetti seasoned with a sauce made with seasoned ricotta, ripe tomatoes and pieces of fried aubergines, so called in tribute to the Catania composer Vincenzo Bellini, and pasta cu the muddica, with tomatoes, anchovies, parsley and sprinkled with toasted breadcrumbs. Other delights are the Sicilian cannoli, once prepared only for carnival and now famous all over the world. They are obtained from a paste made from flour and sugar, wrapped on special metal torches; they are then fried in plenty of oil and then filled with ricotta, candied fruit and pieces of chocolate.
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Contessa Entellina
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Malvasia delle Lipari
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Mamertino di Milazzo o Mamertino
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Monreale
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Moscato di Siracusa
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Riesi
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Salaparuta
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Sambuca di Sicilia
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Santa Margherita di Belice
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Sciacca
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Siracusa
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Vittoria
IGT
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Camarro
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Fontanarossa di Cerda
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Salemi
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Valle Belice

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Producer Feudo Maccari
Wine type Red still
Region: Sicily
Grapes: 100% Nero d'Avola
Alcohol: 14.00% by volume
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Producer Mandrarossa (Settesoli)
Wine type Red still
Region: Sicily
Grapes: 100% Nero d'Avola
Alcohol: 14.00% by volume
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Producer Feudi Branciforti dei Bordonaro
Wine type Rosè still
Region: Sicily
Grapes: Nero d'Avola, Merlot
Alcohol: 12.50% by volume
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Producer Feudi del Pisciotto
Wine type Red still
Region: Sicily
Grapes: 60% Nero d'Avola, 40% Frappato
Alcohol: 13.50% by volume
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Producer Firriato
Wine type Red still
Region: Sicily
Grapes: 100% Nero d'Avola
Alcohol: 14.50% by volume
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Producer Firriato
Wine type White bubbly
Region: Sicily
Grapes: Grillo, Zibibbo
Alcohol: 12.00% by volume
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Producer Feudo Principi di Butera
Wine type Red still
Region: Sicily
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 14.00% by volume
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Producer Mandrarossa (Settesoli)
Wine type White still
Region: Sicily
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon
Alcohol: 13.00% by volume
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Producer Orestiadi
Wine type Red still
Region: Sicily
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 13.50% by volume
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Producer Planeta
Wine type Red still
Region: Sicily
Grapes: 100% Syrah
Alcohol: 14.00% by volume
Format: 0,75 l Standard
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