Producer: Tenuta di Fessina

Grape: 100% Nero D’Avola

Pronunciation: ‘nero-dav-ola’

Region: Val di Noto, Sicily

Zone: DOC Sicilia

Producer Info: 

Tuscan wine producer Silvia Maestrelli, and Federico Curtaz bought Tenuta di Fessina on Etna’s northern slopes in 2007, part of the growing band of producers on this active volcano.  From just a decade ago numbers have increased almost tenfold to around 40 wineries, all of whom make less than 3% of Sicily’s total production.

The winery is located on Mount Etna, in Rovittello, working mainly with local varieties.  However they produce one Nero d’Avola because they fell in love with one amazing 70 year old vineyard, the grapes from which are blended with those of another to give the best aromatics and acidity.

Tasting note:

Great varietal character but old vine fruit and the volcanic soils of Val di Noto ensuring a complexity and elegance I’ve not seen from this grape before.

Growing System: Bush

Soil Composition: Volcanic sandy loam

Production: Fermentation and aging in stainless steel.

Alcohol (%): 12.5%