Story of the wine:
The wines produced from the vineyards surrounding the Etna volcano are the new, re-discovered wines of the last decade. In the 1990s Etna was on its death bed with just a handful of producers. Then in the 2000s the region and the local grape varieties were recognised as being capable of making great wines. The vineyards are all in local districts called Contrada, each of which has different characteristics to bring to its wines. Cottanera was founded in the 1990s by Guglielmo Cambria together with his brother Enzo and is now recognised as being one of the key wineries that sparked the Etna revival. White Barbazzale is made from a blend of Catarratto and Viogner grapes.
Grape(s): Catarratto and a small percentage of Viognier
Area: Contrada Cottanera, Castiglione di Sicilia
Altitude: 720m above sea level
Training system: Cordone Speronato
Vines per ha.: 5,700
Av. age of vines: 15 years old
Harvest: Early September
Vinification: Cold soak and static setting. This is followed by a 20 day fermentation at 16 C.
Ageing: Aged on its yeasts in stainless steel vats for 3 months.
Pack size: 6x75cl
Descriptions for Wine List
1) Straw yellow in colour, with light green highlights. Mixed, delicate scent of wisteria and broom on an iodine background. A spirited freshness, leaving a pleasing, full-bodied sensation.
Country: Italy Region: Castiglione di Sicilia - Sicilia Grape: Catarratto and a small percentage of Viognier Product code: 2703 Pack size: 6x75cl
Etna itself flows in the lymph of the Cottanera vineyards. The vineyards grow over lava stone, 700 mts above the sea, on the northern slope of the volcano. The company is in Castiglione di Sicilia, near Catania. The name of the company comes from an ancient village that runs alongside the family vineyards, along the banks of the river Alcantara. Cottanera is led by the brother Enzo, and the children of the co-founder: Mariangela, Francesco and Emanuele.