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. Nerello Mascalese is a local grape identified as such in the 18th century. It is almost exclusively grown in Sicily and mainly in the east of the island around the volcano. 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. Etna Rosato production is relatively small.
Grape(s): 100% Nerello Mascarese
Area: From vineyards in Contrada Diciasettesalme, just north of the volcano with a mix of volcanic and alluvial soils.
Altitude: 750m above sea level
Training system: Cordone Speronato
Vines per ha.: 5,700
Av. age of vines: 10 years old
Harvest: Early September
Vinification: After a soft pressing there is a cold maceration in the press at a controlled temperature, below 4°C for 4/5 hours to extract the colour. This is followed by a 20 day fermentation at 17 C. There is no malolactic fermentation.
Ageing: Aged on its yeasts in stainless steel vats until February when it is bottled.
Pack size: 6x75cl
Descriptions for Wine List
1) A rich wine, with a full bodied flavour which represents within itself the characteristics of the volcanic soil.
2) Etna Rosato is the latest addition produced by Cottanera. The new Nerello Mascalese is distinguished by its floral notes and hints of ripe fruit, and aromatic herbs. A rich wine, with a full bodied flavour which represents within itself the characteristics of the volcanic soil.
Country: Italy Region: Castiglione di Sicilia - Sicilia Grape: 100% Nerello Mascarese Product code: 2701 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.